[Ip-health] EB 136 Friday, January 30th: Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Jan 30 19:48:46 PST 2015


EB 136 Friday, January 30th: Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public
Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property


http://keionline.org/node/2163

Submitted by Claire Cassedy <http://keionline.org/user/57723> on 30.
January 2015 - 19:25

On Friday, January 30th, the WHO Executive Board discussed the Global
Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual
Property (GSPA). The discussion covered several documents in relation to
the GSPoA, including:

   - GSPoA Draft decision proposed by Argentina, Brazil, India, and South
   Africa <http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB136/B136_CONF7-en.pdf>
   - Evaluation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health,
   innovation and intellectual property
   <http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB136/B136_31-en.pdf>
   - Report on financial and administrative implications for the
   Secretariat of decisions proposed for adoption by the Executive Board or
   Health Assembly
   <http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB136/B136_CONF7Add1-en.pdf>

During the discussion, many board members and member states voiced support
and spoke of the critical importance of the GSPoA. Brazil began the
discussion on the draft decision proposal to extend the GSPoA until 2022
(an extra 7 years) and to assert the need for member states to be included
in the evaluation management group. In voicing support for the GSPoA,
Brazil highlighted the strategy's continuing applicability saying that
"Brazil believes this strategy is important and that it has unlimited
validity, but there had to have a time frame established, that is why we
find it important to extend this to 2022."

The evaluation of the GSPoA, which is to be completed by 2017, was also a
topic of much discussion, as countries advocated for member states' and
other stakeholders' involvement in the evaluation process.

Maldives, speaking on behalf of SEARO, outlined the active role the region
has adopted in implementing the GSPoA, having taken up assessment at
national and regional level, with Sri Lanka being the only country in the
WHO that has taken up full assessment and reporting. The SEARO region
stressed that the mechanism of evaluation should be a member state driven
process rather than through external consultants, the importance of
deadlines, and to ensure the consideration of delinkage in reviews of GSPoA.

While the US affirmed importance of GSPoA, they also offered edits to the
proposal, their affirmation in part phrased as "part of reform means to
sticking to agreements we agreed like GSPoA." In the spirit of "the
importance of transparency and engagement," the US proposed edits including
the inclusion of WHO Executive Board in the evaluation management group,
and "other proposals to draft resolution," which they neglected to expand
upon publicly.

The agenda item was left open, although the Chair did not specify when the
discussion would be resumed.



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