[Ip-health] Text of Modi's speech to the U.S. Congress and text of India-US Joint Statement After PM Modi Meets President Obama

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Jun 8 22:13:25 PDT 2016



Our people to people links are strong; and there is close cultural connect
between our societies. SIRI tells us that India's ancient heritage of Yoga
has over 30 million practitioners in the U.S. It is estimated that more
Americans bend for yoga than to throw a curve ball. And, no Mr. Speaker, we
have not yet claimed intellectual property right on Yoga.



33.    The leaders welcomed the enhanced engagement on intellectual
property rights under the High Level Working Group on Intellectual Property
and reaffirmed their commitment to use this dialogue to continue to make
concrete progress on IPR issues by working to enhance bilateral cooperation
among the drivers of innovation and creativity in both countries.


37.    The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Global Health
Security Agenda and the timely implementation of its objectives. The Prime
Minister noted India's role on the Steering Group and its leadership in the
areas of anti-microbial resistance and immunization. The President noted
the United States' commitment to support, undergo, and share a Joint
External Evaluation in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

38.    The leaders recognized the global threat posed by
multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and committed to continue
collaboration in the area of tuberculosis and to share respective best

39.    The leaders noted the growing threat of non-communicable diseases
and the urgent need to address the risk factors by, inter alia, promoting
healthy lifestyles, controlling sugar and salt intake, promoting physical
activity especially among children and youth and strengthening efforts to
curb tobacco use. The leaders also reiterated the importance of holistic
approaches to health and wellness, and of promoting the potential benefits
of holistic approaches by synergizing modern and traditional systems of
medicine, including Yoga.

40.    The leaders strongly endorsed expansion of the Indo-U.S. Vaccine
Action Program, which is fostering public-private research partnerships
focused on the development and evaluation of vaccines to prevent
tuberculosis, dengue, chikungunya and other globally important infectious

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