[A2k] LDC Watch concerned with developed countries' position on LDC extension
ssangeeta at myjaring.net
Fri Apr 26 02:56:44 PDT 2013
In a statement to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
Pacific (ESCAP) LDC Watch, an alliance of CSOs, networks and movements
based in the LDCs
raised concern over developed countries' objection to the LDC extension as
the LDCs to the TRIPS Council.
US and the EU are demanding concessions from LDCs in exchange for a short
period of extension particularly that LDCs agree to a "no-roll-back"
Clause that would prevent LDCs from changing their laws to provide reduced
protection, once their laws move towards implementing the TRIPS
This is condition is not found in Article 66.1 of the tRIPS agreement,
which concerns with the LDC transition period.
STATEMENT BY INTERNATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR DR. AJUN KARKI AT THE BIENNIAL
REVIEW OF THE ISTANBUL PROGRAMME OF ACTION ESCAP 69th
SESSION, SENIOR OFFICIALS SEGMENT, 25-27APRIL 2013
>Mr. President, Under Secretary General and Secretary
>General¹s High Representative Mr. Gyan C Acharya, Excellencies, Ladies
>Thank you very much for this opportunity to
>speak on behalf of LDC Watch. I would like to bring on board LDC peoples¹
>perspectives to the biennial review of the Istanbul Programme of Action.
>Two years, since the adoption of the IPoA, we believe that the
>implementation of the Programme
>has not made considerable progress. The overarching goal of the IPoA to
>overcome the structural challenges faced by the LDCs in order to enable,
>least half of them, to graduate within the decade remains a far cry.
>We are particularly concerned about lack of implementation of actions
>committed by developed partners especially related to policy coherence
>In this context, I would like to highlight our current campaign and
>On the most urgent issue of TRIPS waiver granted to LDCs and whose
>period is expiring on the 1st of July. Although the WTO rules
>legally obliges the LDCs to be granted the extension period upon a duly
>motivated request by the LDCs which they have already made in November
>year, this obligation is being contested by our partners. This very
>Important issue of TRIPS waiver has a large bearing on improving the
>trade target of
>The LDCs. We, therefore, would like to draw attention of members on this
>critical and most urgent issue and further urge them to defend the
>interests of the LDCs with developed partners. The TRIPS waiver extension
>is a legal
>obligation which therefore, needs to be granted by developed partners
>Without any conditionalities attached.
>For the full statement see www.ldcwatch.org <http://www.ldcwatch.org/>
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