THIRD WORLD RESURGENCE #201 MAY 2007
This issue’s contents:
of avian flu virus a central issue at WHA
the World Health Assembly (WHA), the supreme decision-making body of
the World Health Organisation (WHO), met in
and losers in the sharing of avian flu viruses
Unless the principles and provisions of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity governing access to the genetic resources of a sovereign country and WHO's March 2005 Guidance on sharing flu viruses are strictly adhered to, it is only the developed countries and their drug companies which will profit from any sharing of avian flu virus samples.
countries call for new flu virus-sharing system
the 60th World Health Assembly, developing nations led by
admits patents taken on avian flu virus
During a technical briefing on avian flu during the recent 60th World Health Assembly, a senior WHO official admitted that patents had been taken on the avian flu virus and that WHO collaborating centres to which samples of the virus have been sent by member countries have been granting unauthorised access to such samples to drug companies.
shaken up by delegates' criticisms on IP issues
the 60th World Health Assembly in
avian flu decision links sharing of viruses and benefits
The 60th World Health Assembly concluded its proceedings by adopting a resolution on pandemic influenza which links the sharing of influenza viruses by countries affected by the avian flu outbreak, to the access of developing countries to vaccines and other benefits.
In addition to the avian-flu resolution, the WHA also passed a resolution to, in effect, expedite the work of an intergovernmental committee set up by a 2006 resolution to develop a framework to secure an enhanced and sustainable basis for needs-driven essential health research and development on diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries. The resolution was occasioned by the perceived failure of the WHO Secretariat to give the requisite priority and resources to the work of the committee.
Civil society organisations backed the demand of developing countries at the WHA for the establishment of a fair and equitable virus-sharing framework. The following is the text of a statement endorsed by some civil society groups active on health matters and issued before the WHA met on 14 May.
must give priority to organic agriculture'
An international conference on organic agriculture has called on the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to promote organic agriculture to tackle the pressing issue of food security.
The debate heats up
this follow-up piece to his earlier contribution to the biofuels debate
(see TWR#200), President Fidel Castro of
growing abuse of transfer pricing by TNCs
'Transfer pricing', a financial accounting device used by transnational corporations (TNCs) to rake huge financial benefits, has long been a major problem facing host countries. Kavaljit Singh discusses this phenomenon in the wake of the recent disclosure of resort to this practice by the pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline.
Seabrook says that whatever dispute there may be about outgoing
British premier Tony Blair's legacy, there can be no doubt as to what
his bequest to the world of international affairs is:
The people of Turkey are headed for the polls as a result of the latest round in the longstanding fight between the ruling Justice and Development Party (better known by its Turkish initials, the AKP), a 'neo-Islamist' party, and its secularist detractors comprised of opposition parties and the 'deep state', a shadowy nexus of military and police officers and militants on the far right. In analysing this latest political crisis, Gamze Cavdar points out that this secular-Islamic dichotomy tends to obscure other key faultlines in Turkish politics, in respect of which there are no fundamental differences between these two political coalitions.
bombing is likely to play a key role in the
victims of 1965 speak out
new book published in
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