SEA/RC62/17 - Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years: public health, innovation and intellectual property
AbstractAfter intensive negotiations over a two-year period, the World Health Assembly in May 2008 adopted resolution WHA61.21 on public health, innovation and intellectual property together with the global strategy and plan of action (GSPOA). Several outstanding issues were finalized and adopted during the Sixty-second World Health Assembly in May 2009. The GSPOA aims to promote new thinking on innovation and access to medicines, and to enhance needs-based research and development (R&D) relevant to diseases that mainly affect developing countries. The scope of the GSPOA however is vast; thus, there may be a need for prioritization at national and regional levels. The attached working paper was submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations for consideration by the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee. The HLP meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States (1) To continue to work with other relevant sectors in order to make sure that the public health implications are taken into consideration when trade agreements are negotiated and when implementing policies or enacting laws on intellectual property; (2) continue to build the capacity of health officials with regard to international trade agreements and intellectual property rights; and (3) hold multisectoral national consultations where health, trade, commerce and foreign ministries are represented. Action by WHO/SEARO (1) Continue to assist Member States in their efforts to build capacity of health officials on international trade agreements and intellectual property rights; and (2) continue to support Member States’ efforts to deal with the public health implications of intellectual property rights. Where possible, the Regional Office should take a proactive approach in informing the countries. The paper is now submitted to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). SEA/RC62/17 - Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years: public health, innovation and intellectual property. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128466