[Ip-health] Civil society challenges WIPO over so-called Africa IP Summit

Heba Wanis h.wanis at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 9 13:36:59 PST 2012

The Africa IP Summit is a highly controversial event, scheduled to be held
in Cape Town in April, co-organised by World Intellectual Property
Organisation (WIPO), the US Department of Commerce and a number of large US
corporations (Microsoft, Eli Lilly. Pfizer, etc).

There are clear intentions to use this platform to promote for TRIPS-plus
measures in intellectual property protection and enforcement in the African
region. Needless to say that WIPO is also quite active on
'anti-counterfeit' initiatives; deliberately conflating questions of IPRs
with questions about quality, safety and efficacy in case of medicines. The
objectives of this 'summit' run counter to the spirit and the letter of the
Development Agenda adopted by WIPO in 2007.

One hundred NGOs and academics have signed a letter addressed to WIPO
Director General urging the organisation to reconsider this event.
The letter and the programme of the Summit are available on:


Heba Wanis
Project Coordinator
Democratising Global Health Governance Initiative
People's Health Movement
Global Secretariat Office, Cairo

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