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It is with the deepest sorrow that we share the news that Martin Khor (1951-2020), TWN's Chairman and former Director, passed away peacefully in the early hours of 1 April 2020 in his home in Penang, Malaysia. He had lived with cancer since 2015 but worked even harder as the inspiring mentor, strategic and action-oriented thinker, indefatigable advocate and wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

We cannot even begin to reach out to all of Martin’s friends and supporters who over decades, young and old, have marched with him to reject injustice and inequity among peoples especially of the South, and to defend nature again and again.

Let us all continue on the journey that Martin helped to chart. If you wish to remember Martin you are most welcome to send a message to twn@twnetwork.org

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IP & COVID-19 Vaccines Series #2: Pandemic intellectual property dispute deepens as Inovio is countersued, leaving its COVID-19 candidate in limbo
by Edward Hammond

Traditional knowledge in digital sequence info debate
by Edward Hammond

Briefing Paper
Corporate power and States’ (in)action in response to the COVID-19 crisis
by Kinda Mohamadieh
(July 2020)

IP & COVID-19 Vaccines Series #1: Lawsuit holds back production of CEPI/Gates Foundation funded vaccine candidate
by Edward Hammond

Briefing Paper
Covid-19: Trade policy choices for developing countries during and after the pandemic
by Ranja Sengupta
(June 2020)

Briefing Paper
Covid-19 reveals everything
by Bhumika Muchhala
(June 2020)

New scientific study on “Equity, Climate Justice and Fossil Fuel Extraction: Principles for a managed phase out”
by Greg Muttitt and Sivan Kartha

Briefing Paper
International negotiations by virtual means in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic
by Vicente Paolo Yu
(June 2020)

Open Letter on CS concerns over lack of governance and binding commitments on IP in COVID response

Visit Vaxmap (vaxmap.org)
Open source COVID-19 vaccine development and production capacity map

Civil Society Call to UN Sec-Gen and WHO DG
COVID-19: Operationalizing Fair and Equitable Benefit Sharing of Medical Products

Open Letter to Trade Ministries & WTO
Stop all negotiations during the COVID-19 outbreak; refocus on saving lives
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  • SUNS Special Issue: Tribute to Martin Khor




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    Issue No.341/342 (2019)

    COVER: Averting a global catastrophe: Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems

    Articles include:

    • Building resilience in a time of climate change
    • Earth nears irreversible tipping points
    • Climate crisis rages as UN talks open

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    Issue No. 701 (16-30 Jun 2020)

    COVID-19 clouds economic, poverty outlook

    Articles include:

    • Global trade in goods set to fall a further 27%
    • FDI flows to plunge 40% in 2020
    • Coronavirus could drive global poverty up for the first time since the 1990s
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    A Clash of Climate Change Paradigms by Martin Khor & Meenakshi Raman

    Battles in the WTO: Negotiations and Outcomes of the WTO Ministerial Conferences by Martin Khor

    Understanding the Enhanced Transparency Framework and Its Modalities under the UNFCCC's Paris Agreement by Vicente Paolo Yu, Amr Abdel-Aziz, Wang Tian & Gao Xiang

    The Equitable Sharing of Atmospheric and Development Space: Some Critical Aspects by Martin Khor

    Madrid Climate News Updates (December 2019)

    Where There Are No Pharmacists (2nd Edition): A Guide to Managing Medicines for All Health Workers

    Bonn Climate News Updates (June 2019)

    The WTO and Its Existential Crisis by Chakravarthi Raghavan

    The Malaysian Economy: Structures and Dependence by Martin Khor Kok Peng

    Factors That Get in the Way of Appropriate Use of Antimicrobial Medicines in Humans by Beverley Snell

    Analysis of AMR Plans in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions by Beverley Snell

    Gene Drives: Legal and Regulatory Issues by Lim Li Ching & Lim Li Lin

    The Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance and the Challenges and Needs of Developing Countries by Martin Khor

    Katowice News Updates and Climate Briefings (December 2018)

    A Summary of Public Concerns on Investment Treaties and Investor-State Dispute Settlement by Martin Khor

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