[Ip-health] EB 136 Draft decision passed on the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Feb 10 05:07:13 PST 2015


http://keionline.org/node/2165

EB 136 Draft decision passed on the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on
Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property

Submitted by Claire Cassedy <http://keionline.org/user/57723> on 3.
February 2015 - 18:58

On Tuesday February 3, 2015, the final day of the 136th WHO Executive Board
meeting, the EB passed a draft decision
<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/03/who-board-recommends-extension-of-plan-for-health-innovation-ip/?utm_source=IP-Watch+Subscribers&utm_campaign=85200f200f-DAILY_SUMMARY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b78685696b-85200f200f-352130653>
on
the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and
Intellectual Property (GSPoA). The draft decision recommends to the WHA
that the GSPOA be extended until 2022. The draft decision was initially
proposed by Argentina, Brazil, India, and South Africa with Ecuador later
joining to co-sponsorship. The initial proposal can be found here
<http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB136/B136_CONF7-en.pdf>
(EB136/CONF./7,
dated 27 January 2015). For KEI's coverage of the initial proposal, visit
http://keionline.org/node/2161.

During the official discussion of the GSPOA during the Friday January 31st
session of the EB, the US spoke in support of extending the GSPOA mandate,
but alluded to edits that it would prefer to have included (while not
specifying the content of its preferred edits). Sources informed KEI that
the US counterproposal included language further elaborating on the types
of diseases covered by the GSPOA draft decision. If that language made it
in the final text, it might have had the effect of limiting the scope of
diseases covered by the GSPOA and possible future treaties.

The final agreed upon draft decision
<http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB136/B136_CONF7Rev2-en.pdf> did
not include the limiting language from the counter proposal but contained
further elaboration on the evaluation and review of the GSPOA to be carried
out by 2018. The full text of the final draft decision follows:

EXECUTIVE BOARD EB136/CONF./7
136th session 3 February 2015
Agenda item 10.5

Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and
intellectual property

Draft decision proposed by Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, India and South
Africa

The Executive Board,

Having considered the report on Evaluation of the global strategy and plan
of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, decided
the following:

(1) to recommend to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly to extend the
deadline of the overall programme review of the global strategy and plan of
action on public health, innovation and intellectual property on its
achievements, remaining challenges and recommendations on the way forward
to 2018, recognizing it was not presented in 2015, as requested by
resolution WHA62.16;

(2) to recommend to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly to extend the
time frame of the plan of action on public health, innovation and
intellectual property until 2022;

(3) to request the Director-General to provide a report for the
Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly on options, in consultation and with the
involvement of Member States, for the conduct of the comprehensive
evaluation and the overall programme review of the global strategy and plan
of action on public health innovation and intellectual property, on its
achievements, remaining challenges and recommendations on the way forward,
including whether to combine the two instruments, sequencing, terms of
reference, timing and options for establishing an evaluation management
group with the goal of completing this exercise by 2018.



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