On Wednesday, 25 May 2011, the 129th session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board approved Decision, EB129(8) on “WHO reform for a healthy future”. Reproduced below is the text of the Decision which is yet to be published on the WHO website in all 6 UN languages.
EB129(8) WHO reform for a healthy future
The Executive Board,
KEI has received a copy of a May 16, 2011 letter from Karl De Gucht to Andris Piebalgs, which discusses (1) the EU-India FTA, and (2) Relations between IPR and development policies. Continue Reading
On Thursday, May 26, 2011, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced two bills in the United States Senate that would de-link R&D costs from drug prices. The bill names and numbers are as follows:
There is a growing interest in the use of innovation inducement prizes to stimulate investments in medical research and development.
- The Obama Administration and the European Commission are exploring the role of innovation inducement prizes.
- On May 31, 2011, the European Parliament is holding one of several meetings on innovation inducement prizes for medical technologies.
At 18:30 Geneva time on 25 May 2011, during the 129th session of the WHO Executive Board, the EB is considering the following draft decision on WHO reform.Chair’s text, based on draft proposed by Ecuador
The 29th [sic] Executive Board,
(OP.1) DECIDES to establish an incremental, transparent, Member-State driven and inclusive consultative process comprising of the following elements:
24 May 2011
NGO letter on Conflicts of Interest, Future Financing, Reform and governance of the WHO.
Dear Members of the Executive Board,
World Intellectual Property Organization
DATE: MAY 20, 2011
Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
Geneva, May 16 to 20, 2011
SUMMARY BY THE CHAIR
Agenda Item 1: Opening of the session
1. The sixteenth of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) was opened by Mr. James Pooley, Deputy Director General, who welcomed the participants. Mr. Philippe Baechtold (WIPO) acted as Secretary.
BRICS Health Ministers’ preparatory meeting – May 17th 2011
Consistent with the mandate of the Sanya Declaration of the BRICS Leaders Meeting (14 April 2011), the Ministers of Health of the five BRICS’ countries met on the sidelines of the 64thWorld Health Assembly, on 17 May 2011, to discuss issues of common interest as well as prepare the BRICS Health Ministerial Meeting to be held in Beijing, China, on 11 July 2011. Representatives of WHO and UNAIDS also attended the meeting.
16th session of the WIPO Standing Committee of the Law of Patents (SCP)
Thursady, 19 May 2011
KEI Statement on Patents and Health
KEI is impressed by and fully supportive of the joint proposal of the African Group and the Development Agenda Group on a work program on Patents and Health, which has been published as SCP/16/7. We agree with the comments of the Chair that the proposal is both comprehensive and well thought out.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, eight civil society organizations submitted joint comments and recommendations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Continue Reading