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Month: May 2017

WIPO Re:Search: New Plan for Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases, Malaria & TB

Geneva, May 23, 2017PR/2017/807
WIPO Re:Search has launched a new five-year roadmap to guide its activities in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria & tuberculosis.
The International Intellectual Property Organization & its partner BIO Ventures for Worldwide Health (BVGH) established the initiative in 2011 to boost the use of intellectual property in catalyzing innovation & product development for ailments affecting more than 1 billion people. WIPO Re:Search now includes 126 members in 35 countries & has established 112 collaborations across the globe.
The new plan, unveiled during WIPO Re:Search’s biennial meeting May 23, 2017, in Geneva, will guide the public-private consortium’s activities through 2021 & includes new research, capacity building & outreach efforts.

“Neglected tropical diseases, malaria, & tuberculosis are devastating conditions that disproportionately affect the poorest & most disadvantaged among us,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “WIPO believes that IP is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation & WIPO Re:Search is our principal effort to ensure that IP supports advances in global health research,” he said.

WIPO Re:Search allows organizations to share their intellectual property, compounds, expertise, facilities & know-how royalty-free with qualified researchers globe.
The new strategic plan seeks to ensure that WIPO Re:Search harnesses new research & development trends in intercontinental health, while contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As the implementing partner, BVGH will seek a more process-driven & targeted partnership-development approach to link research and development programs with gaps in research, taking into consideration the impact of the disease on people’s lives.
“BVGH will implement…

Pacific Governments to Enhance Better Participation in Internet Governance Discussions

Nadi, Fiji… Government delegates from sixteen Pacific countries recently attended a workshop aimed at overcoming barriers to participating in global Internet governance discussions, such as those taking place within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) community.
The two-day capacity development workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Pacific GAC Representatives for Better Participation in ICANN,” took place on 28-29 April 2017 in Nadi, Fiji. Organized by ICANN, in cooperation with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group, it was supported by the Fiji Government’s Department of Communications.
The 20 government delegates in attendance were ICANN GAC members & represented these Pacific nations: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated State of Mircronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu & Vanuatu.
“ICANN welcomes the participation of all stakeholders, including governments,” said  Savé Vocea, ICANN’s Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Australia &…

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