WHA56.27 - Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health. WHA Resolution; Fifty-Sixth World Health Assembly, 2003
(2003; 3 pages) [Arabic] [Chinese] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]


REQUESTS the Director-General:

  1. to continue to support Member States in the exchange and transfer of technology and research findings, according high priority to access to antiretroviral drugs to combat HIV/AIDS and medicines to control tuberculosis, malaria and other major health problems, in the context of paragraph 7 of the Doha Declaration which promotes and encourages technology transfer;
  2. by the time of the 113th session of the Executive Board (January 2004), to establish the terms of reference for an appropriate time-limited body to collect data and proposals from the different actors involved and produce an analysis of intellectual property rights, innovation, and public health, including the question of appropriate funding and incentive mechanisms for the creation of new medicines and other products against diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, and to submit a progress report to the Fifty-seventh World HealthAssembly and a final report with concrete proposals to the Executive Board at its 115th session (January 2005);
  3. to cooperate with Member States, at their request, and with international organizations in monitoring and analysing the pharmaceutical and public health implications of relevant international agreements, including trade agreements, so that Member States can effectively assess and subsequently develop pharmaceutical and health policies and regulatory measures that address their concerns and priorities, and are able to maximize the positive and mitigate the negative impact of those agreements;
  4. to encourage developed countries to make renewed commitments to investing in biomedical and behavioural research, including, where possible, appropriate research with developing country partners.
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