Transparency and democratic oversight of proposed economic, investment and trade international agreements - Disclosure and public participation

That the government  provide transparency and democratic oversight of all proposed economic, investment and trade international agreements and to that end ensure that:

a)              drafts are made available for public discussion after each negotiating meeting and before agreement is reached and the document is signed

b)             Refuse to agree to any measure that would allow foreign interests including corporations to sue or otherwise block New Zealand’s rights to legislate, regulate or otherwise protect the environment, civil rights,  and labour conditions.

c)             Reject the  TPPA chapter on Investor – state disputes resolution and any other such provisions in other agreements.

d)             Refuse to agree to any measures in trade, investment or economic agreements that will reduce New Zealanders’ access to environmental protection, health care, pharmaceuticals, or medical aids, either directly or via influence on prices of such, or that will reduce the protections and safety of workers.

e)              To refuse to agree to nondisclosure of  any draft or final text of international negotiations in which it is involved.

Why the contribution is important

Transparency, public participation, improvement of government through public participation, retention of democratic rights and national self-determination.

by Wallacca1 on August 24, 2016 at 03:21PM

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  • Posted by IdiotSavant August 24, 2016 at 19:52

    Not all of this is OGP -relevant, but a tighter version focused on transparency of negotiations would be (and has already been proposed)
  • Posted by JanRivers August 24, 2016 at 20:33

    This action was strongly supported by responses to ECO's survey with the percentages agreeing with the following statements as follows:

    release negotiation drafts for public commentafter each negotiation meeting.
    Strongly agree 47.39%
    Agree 28.36%
    ..allow at least three civil society observers to attend and report on proceedings.
    Strongly agree 54.68%
    Agree 23.97%

    ..publicly release the text before the last negotiating meeting prior to any signing of the agreement and again prior to any ratification of it.
    Strongly agree 71.38%
    Agree 18.59%
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