An occasional blog on International developments related to intellectual property, innovation, development and public policy.
Preface by Adjunct Professor Wend Wendland
An important and fascinating multilateral negotiation is underway at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva aimed at agreeing on a new convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. There are critical policy issues at stake. In addition, the process itself – from a methodological point of view – is interesting too.
Victor Owade has been following the process since its inception, and so I invited him to prepare a succinct description of the work completed so far. His report is current as of October 2023. Subsequent blogs will brief on what occurs after.
Over to you Victor!
- Governments have set in motion an intergovernmental process to negotiate an international legal instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response by May 2024.
- The fundamental challenge will be to ensure that equity is achieved and that actions taken will be coordinated in a timely and efficient manner for the benefit of all countries.
- It is still not clear what role intellectual property (IP) will eventually play in a future pandemic treaty.