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9 May 2011

UNCTAD: Bundle Of Opportunities To Improve Medicines Access In LDCs

Author: Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch [Switzerland]

Access to essential medicines in least developed countries (LDCs) could be facilitated through local production, according to a report released today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development...[M]ajor players in developed countries...

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13 April 2011

Chapter 5 - Ethical Principles and biofuels policy [PDF]

Author: Nuffield Council on Bioethics

A major cause of the ethical issues raised by biofuels production is not the technologies themselves but rather the policies that led to their extremely rapid adoption. In this chapter, we consider how the interaction of policy, technology and their...

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14 March 2011

Why We Should Care about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Author: Glyn Moody, Computer World (UK)

...[W]hat is becoming quite clear is that each new agreement seeks to use existing treaties as a kind of bare minimum, and then to apply the copyright and patent ratchets to push for even more. Indeed, it is striking how all these treaties are based...

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28 February 2011

Africa: Continent's AIDS Patients Biggest Losers If India-EU Drugs Deal Sails Through

Author: Jeff Otieno, The East African [Kenya]

The [Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and India], expected to be finalised mid this year, has sparked fury among human rights activists who accuse the EU of scheming to elbow out developing countries producing generic drugs.....

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29 January 2011

Concern as Novartis exec approved to WHO

Author: Jessica Dacey, swissinfo.ch

Paul Herrling, the Swiss head of corporate research at pharmaceutical concern Novartis, was among 21 people…to join a WHO expert group evaluating funding for projects into neglected tropical diseases – those illnesses affecting the poorest populations...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] [Good Practices Note for Business in Emerging Markets: Human Rights, Access to Medicines, and the Pharmaceutical Industry]

Author: Global Compact Human Rights Working Group & Pier DeRoo

The HRWG [Global Compact Human Rights Working Group] has discussed the complex question of Access to Medicines. There are clearly very many barriers preventing the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged achieving their rights to adequate healthcare....

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4 November 2010

EU deal threatens HIV drug supplies

Author: Andrew Wander, Al Jazeera

[Medical experts warn that] an international trade agreement being brokered between the European Union and India...could leave millions of HIV sufferers in developing world without the drugs they need to stay alive. The charity Medicins sans...

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1 November 2010

International Human Rights Law: Six Decades after the UDHR and Beyond

Author: Mashood Baderin & others, Ashgate Publishing

This…book explores the development of international human rights law over the last six decades…[It] brings together leading experts to reflect on different aspects of human rights law, not only considering and evaluating the developments so far, but...

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29 October 2010

Biodiversity talks: Ministers in Nagoya adopt new strategy

Author: Jonathan Watts, Guardian [UK]

Environment ministers from almost 200 nations agreed...to adopt a new United Nations strategy that aims to stem the worst loss of life on Earth since the demise of the dinosaurs...[T]he UN's COP10 biodiversity conference...[adopted] a new treaty, the...

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11 September 2010

Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent

Author: Clifford J. Levy, New York Times

It was late one afternoon…when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group…The group, Baikal Environmental Wave, was organizing protests against Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin’s decision to...

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