14 March 2017 - Senate Finance Committee grills Robert Lighthizer (USTR nominee) on trade and IPR policiesSubmitted by thiru on 20. March 2017 - 3:39
On 14 March 2017, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held confirmation hearings for Robert Lighthizer, President Donald Trump's appointee for United States Trade Representative. During the Reagan administration, Lighthizer served as Deputy US Trade Representative with the rank of Ambassador (Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=41174). Prior to his tenure as Deputy USTR, from 1981 to 1983, Lighthizer served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Currently, he is a partner at Skadden Arps.
On 8 March 2017, the Permanent Representative of Portugal, Ambassador Pedro Nuno Bártolo, made a powerful intervention at the Human Rights Council's panel discussion on access to medicines. Portugal stressed that access to medicines is a fundamental element of the right to health and highlighted how the high prices of hepatitis C and cancer medicines made them unaffordable to large segments of the population in industrialized countries.
On 8 March 2017, the European Union (EU) delivered the following statement to the Human Rights Council's panel discussion on Access to Medicines. As the Human Right Council imposed a strict two minute limit on interventions, the EU was not able to raise the following two questions contained at the end of its intervention.
I have two questions for the Panel.
Could the panellists suggest further measures to promote a holistic approach to access to medicines?
On 8 March 2017, the World Trade Organization delivered the following statement at the Human Rights Council's panel on Access to Medicines.
WTO statement – Antony Taubman
It’s an honour for the WTO Secretariat to join this distinguished panel. Today’s discussion is a welcome step forward in the journey together towards the shared goal of access to medicines for all, and promoting the development of urgently needed new medicines, recognizing the centrality of the human rights perspective for this collective effort.
On 8 March 2017, Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered this opening address to the Human Rights Council's panel on Access to Medicines. Deputy High Commissioner Gilmore identified the following challenge posed by intellectual property rights:
On 8 March 2017, the Human Rights Council will convene a three hour Access to Medicines panel which will take place from 3 PM to 6 PM in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. This panel is mandated by resolution 32/15 which passed at 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (June/July 2016). The resolution directed the Human Rights Council to convene an access to medicines panel at its 34th session in March 2017.
At the March 2017 session of the WTO TRIPS Council, Brazil delivered the following statement on copyright and e-commerce.
Copyright and e-commerce
Statement from Brazil
On 1 March 2017, India delivered the following intervention on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints at the WTO TRIPS Council.
Agenda Item 8. Non-Violation and Situation Complaints
Mr.Chairman, my delegation would like to thank the delegation of Kyrgyz Republic for joining as co-sponsor of document W385 Rev.1.
1 March 2017 - WTO TRIPS Council - India's intervention on the Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2017 - 0:57
On 1 March 2017, India delivered the following statement during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines.
Agenda item 12: the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines
Thank you Chairman.
At the outset, I would like to thank delegations of Brazil, China and South Africa who are also co-sponsors of this agenda item.
1 March 2017 - WTO TRIPS Council - Brazil's intervention on the Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2017 - 0:25
On 1 March 2017, Brazil delivered the following statement during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on the Report of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines.
High Level Panel
As we all know, on 19 November 2015, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of the High-Level Panel on Innovation and Access to Health Technologies. Responding to this invitation, two chairs were designated to the panel, namely, Ms. Ruth Dreifuss, from Switzerland, and Festus Mogae, from Botswana.
MEP Lola Sánchez questions the European Commission: EU's position on the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines at WIPOSubmitted by thiru on 22. February 2017 - 5:34
On 2 February 2017, MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey (Podemos, Spain) tabled a series of written questions to the European Commission on the positions taken by the European Union at the World Intellectual Property Organization on 14 December 2016 in relation to the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UN HLP)
In December 2016, Brazil submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organization entitled, ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND COPYRIGHT (JOB/GC/113, JOB/IP/19), intended for circulation at the WTO's General Council and the TRIPS Council. This paper will be discussed at the next session of the TRIPS Council under agenda item 13, "Work Programme on Electronic Commerce" (1-2 March 2017).
WTO Trade Policy Review: Members question the United States on compulsory licensing, Bayh-Dole, UNHLP & Section 337Submitted by thiru on 7. February 2017 - 6:07
In December 2016, during the twilight of President Barack Obama's 44th presidency, the World Trade Organization (WTO) conducted a Trade Policy Review (TPR) of the United States of America. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). The TPRM takes place in the "Trade Policy Review Body which is actually the WTO General Council — comprising the WTO’s full membership — operating under special rules and procedures" (Source: WTO, Trade Policy Reviews: Brief Introduction).
EB140: WHO adopts decision on terms of reference for overall programme review of the GSPOA (31 Jan 2017)Submitted by thiru on 31. January 2017 - 1:44
On 31 January 2017 the WHO Secretariat published the "Draft decision resulting from informal consultations" on the Overall programme review of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (EB140/CONF./7 Rev.1). This can be found here: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB140/B140_CONF7Rev1-en.pdf
The chapeau to this decision notes:
EB140 heats up during discussions of proposed changes to resolution on TOR of Overall Programme Review of GSPOASubmitted by thiru on 28. January 2017 - 3:04
* (The author thanks the PHM Watchers for their notes of the WHO EB140 deliberations).