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This page provides links to additional information about global trade and health, related organizations, and publications.

Related Organizations

US Government:

Executive Branch: United States Trade Representative (USTR)

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Link to USDA Advisory Committees

U.S. Congress

US House of Representatives – Key Committees:

Ways and Means

Government Reform

International Relations


U.S. Senate – Key Committees:


Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

Foreign Relations

Public Health and Health Care Organizations active on global trade and health:

American Cancer Society

American College of Preventive Medicine

American Medical Association

American Nurses Association

American Public Health Association

California Public Health Association-North

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Chinese Progressive Association

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Public Health and Social Justice

Fair Trade Advocacy and Information Organizations


American Friends Service Committee - Trade Matters

Citizens Trade Campaign

Food and Water Watch

Friends of the Earth

Global Trade Watch

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

Oxfam America

Public Citizen

Sierra Club


ActionAid International

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Polaris Institute

South Centre

Third World Network

Access to Medicines:

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

Doctors Without Borders/Medicins San Frontieres (MSF)

Essential Action

Health GAP (Global Access Project)

Oxfam America

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

Treatment Action Campaign

Globalization and Ethics

Global Policy Innovations

Corporations and Health

Corporations and Health Watch

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WHO and WTO Joint Study: WTO Agreements and Public Health.

Click here to download Joint Study

Globalization and Health (Journal)

Trade agreements challenge tobacco, alcohol controls

The link above goes to the following article in Drug and Alcohol Review (November 2006), 25, 567 – 579:

International trade agreements challenge tobacco and alcohol control policies

DONALD W. ZEIGLER, Office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL, USA

Abstract: This report reviews aspects of trade agreements that challenge tobacco and alcohol control policies. Trade agreements reduce barriers, increase competition, lower prices and promote consumption. Conversely, tobacco and alcohol control measures seek to reduce access and consumption, raise prices and restrict advertising and promotion in order to reduce health and social problems. However, under current and pending international agreements, negotiated by trade experts without public health input, governments and corporations may challenge these protections as constraints on trade. Advocates must recognise theinherent conflicts between free trade and public health and work to exclude alcohol and tobacco from trade agreements. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has potential to protect tobacco policies and serve as a model for alcohol control.


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