Mexican NGO's Insist on Transparency,
Sovereignty of Nations, and Human Rights
Over 70 Mexican non governmental organizations (NGO’s) gathered to discuss what a new NAFTA agreement should include. Their agreement does not turn over economies to huge transnational corporations negotiating an agreement in secrecy and suing national governments’ in a court set up by the corporations. Rather their agreement insists on transparency, the sovereignty of national governments, cooperation in the fight against corruption, and adherence to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and to other international and United Nations agreements that were ignored in the previous NAFTA agreement. These include the Paris Climate Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, the General Comment 24 of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Mexican civil society’s platform for the NAFTA renegotiation is a very thoughtful document. It is well worth reading to gain an understanding of international trade agreements. Past trade agreements have undermined human rights, ignored impacts of large corporations on global warming, caused big declines in farmers’ income in developing nations, and caused huge harm to the environment, including big increases in air and water pollution. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has translated the document so it is accessible for everyone to read.1
1. Hansen-Kuhn, Karen and Suppan, Steve, Dr. “Mexican civil society platform on the start of renegotiation of NAFTA.” Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, August 31, 2017. https://www.iatp.org/documents/mexican-civil-society-platform-start-renegotiation-nafta