[Ip-health] SAVE THE DATE-21 Sept 2011-KEI/IQsensato panel at WTO Public Forum: Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Knowledge as a Public Good

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Tue Sep 20 06:54:58 PDT 2011


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KEI/IQsensato panel at WTO Public Forum: Proposal for a WTO Agreement on
the Supply of Knowledge as a Public Good (21 Sept 2011)
Submitted by thiru [1] on 7. September 2011 - 17:27

   Global public goods [2]
   WTO [3]

   WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2011

   TITLE: Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Knowledge as a
Public Good

   DATE: Wednesday, 21 September 2011

   TIME: 16:15-18:15

   VENUE: Room E (located on 3rd floor), World Trade Organization

   REGISTRATION: Mandatory, please complete the registration form [4] by
14 September 2011.

   Moderator

   Sisule Musungu, IQsensato

   Panelists

   José Estanislau do Amaral, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the Word
Trade Organization and other economic organizations in Geneva

   Shandana Gulzar Khan, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the World Trade
Organization

   James Love, Knowledge Ecology International

   Antony Taubman, World Trade Organization


Abstract

The global community is confronted with an undersupply of global public
goods, including but not limited those involving knowledge goods. The
current international trade architecture lacks the capacity to address
free riding or the general undersupply of global public goods. The
proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Knowledge as a Public Good
frames the WTO as the institution to host an international instrument to
address the chronic undersupply of global public goods thus providing a
timely solution to a pressing global challenge.

There are increasing calls for a larger supply of public goods and a
variety of proposals that involve government commitments to increase the
supply of global public goods in specific areas, including but not limited
to major projects such as the Kyoto Protocol to the International
Framework Convention on Climate Change, the International Treaty on Plant
Genetic Resources and the proposed WHO Biomedical R&D Treaty. The
aforementioned agreements, in addition to other and existing and proposed
agreements are important, but are not a sufficient response to the
under-supply of global public goods.

This session will evaluate a proposal for a trade framework and a
multilateral agreement that would involve negotiations and binding
commitments to support the creation of and access to certain public goods.
In particular, the provision of global public goods involving knowledge
would be enhanced by the creation of an agreement within the WTO that
would feature binding commitments by governments to undertake actions to
increase the supply of a heterogeneous class of public goods, operating in
a fashion analogous to binding commitments to reduce tariffs and subsidies
or to liberalize trade in services.

Further reading

7 December 2009, A proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Global
Public Goods [5], Presentation made by James Love, 7th WTO Ministerial
[6], Geneva

26 January 2009, Knowledge as a Public Good: remarks at the World Forum on
Science and Democracy [7], Belém, Brasil, James Love

June 2008, Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Public goods [8],
Knowledge Ecology International

Source URL: http://keionline.org/node/1251

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[4]
https://meetings.wto.org/Forums/Registrant/SymposiumRegistration.aspx?Language=E
[5] http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/wto7_kei_public_goods.pdf
[6] http://keionline.org/wtoandpublicgoods
[7] http://keionline.org/node/704
[8]
http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/kei_wto_agreement_on_public_goods.pdf







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