[Ip-health] The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines is calling for contributions - 18 Feb deadline
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The UN website with the Call For Contributions was just made public:
The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to
Medicines is calling for contributions by interested stakeholders that
address the misalignment between the rights of inventors, international
human rights law, trade rules and public health where it impedes the
innovation of and access to health technologies.
In particular the High-Level Panel will consider contributions that promote
research, development, innovation and increase access to medicines,
vaccines, diagnostics and related health technologies to improve the health
and wellbeing for all, as envisaged by Sustainable Development Goal 3, and
the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development more broadly.
Open date: 21 December 2015
Close date: 18 February 2016
What will the High-Level Panel be considering?
The High-Level Panel is inviting contributions that address the policy
incoherence in relation to the rights of inventors, international human
rights law, trade rules, and public health objectives including increased
access to medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices (‘health
technologies’). In accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 3, and the
integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
contributions are not limited to any specific set of countries or any
Submitted contributions should be:
evidence-informed and include references to the principles, literature and
models upon which the contribution is based, reflect, align and demonstrate
how it will support the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development and in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 3, that aims to
improve the health and wellbeing for all, and where applicable, indicate
the political, financial or other requirements to the implement of the
While critical to the attainment of health outcomes, broader issues
relating to health systems strengthening and supply chain management fall
outside of the scope of the enquiry by the High- Level Panel.
What sort of contributions is the High-Level Panel looking for?
The Panel looks to receive contributions that will enhance and strengthen
the promotion of innovation and access to medicines, vaccines and
diagnostics. The Panel welcomes contributions of varying ambition and scope
– it welcomes contributions that propose the recalibration of existing
mechanisms that address the rights of inventors, international human rights
law, trade rules, and public health objectives. It also encourages
contributions that may be narrower in scope and that propose incremental
solutions to the issues outlined above.
How will contributions be evaluated?
The Secretariat of the High-Level Panel at UNDP in collaboration with
UNAIDS, and in coordination with the Expert Advisory Group, will short-list
contributions against the criteria below:
IMPACT ON POLICY COHERENCE: To what extent does the contribution reduce the
incoherence in rules between rights of inventors, international human
rights laws, trade rules, and public health objectives? Does it address
systems-wide incoherence, or does it address a specific aspect?
IMPACT ON PUBLIC HEALTH: Explain how the expected results will improve on
access to health technologies? Explain the significance the proposal in
terms of incentivising innovation to address the health needs of all?
ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS: To what extent do the contributions incorporate and
demonstrate the link to fundamental human rights and the right to health?
IMPLEMENTATION: Describe the political, financial and institutional work
that would need to be taken to bring the contribution to its expected
results. Describe how your contribution advances sustainable health
EVIDENCE: Contributors are encouraged to submit evidence-informed
contributions with references to relevant literature, models and principles
on which the contribution is based. This section should also contain
potential limitations or ‘negative’ consequences.
How will contributions contribute to the High-Level Panel’s work?
Shortlisted contributors will be invited to present and engage members of
the High-Level Panel on their contributions at one of two Hearings, at
locations and dates in March 2016 to be advised. The Secretariat will pay
for the travel of the individual or in the case of an organization, the
travel of up to two authors. The Hearings will be followed by presentations
by the contributors at facilitated dialogues with relevant stakeholders
including technical experts, patient groups, civil society, industry and
Contributions and the inputs from the hearings and dialogues will be used
by the High-Level Panel to make recommendations to the United Nations
Secretary-General that are concrete, evidence-based and implementable. The
Secretary-General will make the report available to the General Assembly
and undertake further action as appropriate.
Why is your contribution important?
The High-Level Panel wants to learn from your ideas and experiences to
address the misalignment between the rights of inventors, international
human rights law, trade rules and public health objectives where it impedes
access to health technologies. This incoherence has been highlighted by the
Secretary-General and other experts as a core reason for the challenges
experienced in promoting innovation and increasing access to medicines,
vaccines, diagnostics and health technologies. The High-Level Panel hopes
to hear from all interested parties, including those working on health
technologies innovation and access, human rights, law, scientific
endeavours and industry. Funding is not being offered to take forward the
contribution or idea, though it is hoped that your experience and knowledge
will help to shape the future and improve the health and wellbeing of all.
Contributions are encouraged in any of the six official languages of the
UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. It should be
noted that the Hearings will be conducted in English. Please notify the
Secretariat if this may pose a problem for you.
2) Confidentiality of Contributions
All contributions submitted are private, however, shortlisted contributions
will be made public on the High-Level Panel’s website, and interrogated
openly at the High-Level Panel’s hearings.
18 February 2016 at 11pm Eastern Standard Time
Send your contributions to:
Submit to the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel – Secretariat -
Email to: Richard Delate, Project Manager, High-Level Panel -
unsgaccessmeds at undp.org
Subject line should be: “Contribution Submission”.
Please note that up to three (3) contributions per individual or
organization will be accepted.
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For more information please contact: unsgaccessmeds at undp.org
Submissions should be received by email or mail, by 11 pm, Eastern Standard
Time, Thursday 18 February 2016
Timeframe: Mid-December 2015– Mid-February 2016
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