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13 May 2014: WHO Technical Consultation on Innovative Models for New Antibiotics’ Development and Preservation

In a concerted bid to contain the emerging threat posed by antibiotic resistance, in May 2014, the World Health Organization's (WHO) 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) passed WHA resolution 67.25 on "Antimicrobial resistance" instructing the WHO to "develop a global action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance" by May 2015 (Source: WHO page on Draft Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance).

TDR and the Pooled Fund for R&D: WHO demonstration projects and CEWG follow-up

In May 2014, the World Health Organization's (WHO) 67th World Health Assembly (WHA67) passed decision WHA67(15) setting the stage for the creation of a new pooled funding mechanism for R&D.

January 2013: Proposal for the inclusion of trastuzumab in WHO EML for treatment of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

On 14 January 2013, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), the University of California (San Francisco), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), and the Third World Network (TWN) submitted a Proposal for the Inclusion of Trastuzumab in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for the Treatment of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer to WHO's Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essentia

WIPO General Assembly 2014: Hard Decisions on the Design Law Treaty and Treaty for Protection of Genetic Resources

The Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) convenes its Fifty-Fourth Series of meetings in Geneva from 22 September 2014 to 30 September 2014. These Assemblies include, inter alia, meetings of the WIPO General Assembly, the WIPO Coordination Committee, the Paris Union Assembly, the Berne Union Assembly, the Madrid Union Assembly, the Lisbon Union Assembly, the Patent Cooperation Treaty Assembly, the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) Assembly and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) Assembly.

SCCR28: Chair’s Conclusions (No recommendations on broadcasting or limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives)

At 12:50 AM on 5 July 2014, the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) 28th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights concluded without reaching agreement on recommendations to the WIPO General Assembly on the following two topics: 1) Protection of Broadcasting Organizations and 2) Limitations and exceptions: libraries and archives.

New UK Parliamentary report on Global TB urges the United Kingdom to explore a WTO Agreement on the Provision of Public Goods

On 8 July 2014, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPGTB) released a seminal report entitled, "Dying for a Cure: Research and Development for Global Health." The APPGTB is co-chaired by Andrew George MP (St Ives, Liberal Democrat), Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP (Arundel and South Downs, Conservative) and Virendra Sharma MP (Ealing Southall,

28 October 2014: WTO Innovation Fair on the margins of WTO TRIPS Council review of the Paragraph 6 system

On 28 October 2014, the World Trade Organization (WTO) will host the inaugural WTO Innovation Fair which will "feature a diverse array of creators and inventors including individuals and organizations from around the globe and will serve as a platform for exchange of information, introduction of new technologies and advancing the understanding of the innovation lifecycle – from research and development, to financing and commercialization." (Source: Website of the Permanent Mission

IGC28: African Group Statement on Convening a Diplomatic Conference for the Protection of Genetic Resources, TK and folklore

On 9 July 2014, Kenya, on behalf of the African Group, delivered the following closing statement articulating its view that substantial progress had been made in text-based negotiations on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore for the WIPO General Assembly in September 2014 to take a decision to convene a Diplomatic Conference in November 2015.

Friend of the Chair's text- Proposed IGC Work Plan for 2014-2015: The Road Ahead for Genetic Resources, TK and Folklore?

*The author thanks KEI intern (Anelise Rosa) for her comprehensive notes on the IGC deliberations.

US proposal: IGC Work Plan for 2015-Is the IGC train leaving the station?

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF) is meeting from 7 July 2014 to 9 July 2014. Pursuant to the mandate of the WIPO General Assembly decision in 2013, the Committee is pursuing text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching an agreement on a text(s) of an international legal instrument(s) which will ensure the effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

SCCR28: Chile's opening statement on copyright limitations and exceptions

2 July 2014
On day 3 of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), Chile delivered the following opening statement on copyright exceptions and limitations

Intervención general

Sr Presidente, nos alegra verlo presidir este comité y agradecemos a la secretaría por la labor realizada para llevar a cabo esta reunión.

SCCR28: Opening statement of the United States on copyright limitations and exceptions

2 July 2014

On day 3 of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), the United States of America delivered the following opening statement on copyright exceptions and limitations.

28TH MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS, JULY 2, 2014

U.S. OPENING STATEMENT ON EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS (AS DELIVERED)

SCCR28: Presentation of US paper on objectives and principles for exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives

3 July 2014

On day four of WIPO SCCR28, the United States of America presented its paper on Objectives and Principles for Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives (SCCR/26/8) to the WIPO plenary.

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