Global Health Watch 4 was launched at Geneva's Press Club, on 20th of May 2015. It was accompanied by a panel discussion on the ‘Impacts of trade and investment agreements on health’. The event was organised by The Berne Declaration, Health Action International, Medico International, Medicus Mundi International, People’s Health Movement, Safe Observer International, the South Centre, Third World Health Aid, Third World Network, and Wemos.
Following the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission report on Global Governance for Health The Political origins of health Inequity: prospects for change, an Independent Panel was set up to provide evidence on the political processes that influence global health. In February 2015 the Panel invited submissions on the topic of the health impacts of trade and investment agreements.
In its submission to the Panel PHM identifies the specific risks to health arising from contemporary ('21st Century') trade and investment agreements but highlights also the threats to health (and ecological sustainability) which arise from the global economic integration which is being driven by such agreements. PHM asks the panel to consider the drive towards global economic integration in relation to the dynamics of imperialism, the growing size, reach and power of transnational corporations (TNCs) and the emergence of a global 'transnational capitalist class'.
Dear friends in Nepal,
Expressions of concern and solidarity for you in the face of this massive earthquake are coming in from PHM circles around the globe.
We hear news of an increasing death toll and of wide-spread destruction and stories of the difficulties the rescue and recovery effort is facing. We understand the difficult terrain and the challenges of getting nursing, medical and surgical care to the injured. We can imagine how your resources are being stretched by the crisis.
PHM friends from many countries are remembering earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires and other emergencies and disasters that they have experienced and telling of their concern, remembering the innumerable individual tragedies which comprise the disaster, and sending solidarity as you confront the desperate task of rescue, and the longer commitment to recovery and rebuilding.
Our prayers and hopes are with you and our small contributions also to the rescue and recovery effort.
Sarojini and David, on behalf of the whole PHM community.