WHO Negotiations on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property

In April 2006, WHO released a report by the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH Report).

The WHO Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property was established in 2006 by WHA Resolution 59.24 and tasked with producing a "global strategy and plan of action" with the goal of "securing an enhanced and sustainable basis for needs-driven, essential health research and development relevant to diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, proposing clear objectives and priorities for research and development, and estimating funding needs in this area." 

A Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property was adopted in May 2008 by WHA resolution 61.21

In November 2008, a results-oriented and time-limited Expert Working Group (EWG ) on R&D Financing was established. The group has the mandate to examine current financing and coordination of research and development, as well as proposals for new and innovative sources of funding to stimulate research and development related to Type II and Type III diseases and the specific R&D needs of developing countries in relation to Type I diseases. For more information, visit KEI website on the EWG

For background on KEI work at WHO visit this website