Tuesday, September 27, 2011

[EQ] 5th Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy- The Future Agenda at the Interface of Public Health, innovation and Trade

5th High-Level Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy

Global Health Programme, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Geneva, Switzerland

Ten Years After The Doha Declaration-
The Future Agenda at the Interface of Public Health, innovation and Trade- An Outlook on the Next Ten Years

Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 10:00-17:00 at  World Trade Organization, Geneva

Website: http://bit.ly/od3UGg

“…..The annual high-level symposium of the Global Health Programme explores critical issues and new developments in global health with particular relevance to the intersection of health, foreign policy and trade.


Ten years have passed since the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which was a paradigm shift towards a greater focus on issues related to intellectual property and public health. Significant achievements have been made to better recognise public health values in framing the intellectual property and international trading system, including the works of the WHO Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property and the WIPO Development Agenda. At the same time, major challenges remain: overcoming the main infectious diseases, increasing research for neglected diseases, the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, as well as other emerging public health threats and a changing economic climate.

The complex relationship between public health, innovation and trade necessitates a more holistic approach in the future, involving a wide range of actors. The symposium aims to review achievements and challenges in promoting access and innovation, to foster policy coherence between different international organisations, as well as other key stakeholders, and to discuss the remaining challenges and their future impact on a comprehensive work agenda.

Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, will engage in a dialogue on these issues at the symposium.


The first part of the Symposium will review achievements since the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS and Public Health Agreement and highlight challenges that remain. We have been able to secure the participation of the Directors-General of WHO- Dr. Margaret Chan, of WIPO- Mr. Francis Gurry and of WTO- Mr. Pascal Lamy for the morning session.

The morning discussions will be informed by a joint trilateral study, prepared by the WHO, WIPO and WTO.
The afternoon sessions will focus on the future agenda at the interface of public health, innovation and trade and high-level speakers from other key organisations, academia, private sector and civil society will express their perspectives in a forward looking manner.




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