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3 April 2013

Novartis Defeat Revives Debate Over Patents' Life Span [India]

Author: Lisa Shuchman, Corporate Counsel [USA]

When India's Supreme Court ruled this week that Novartis AG's cancer drug Gleevec was not sufficiently innovative to merit a patent, public health advocates lauded the decision, which they said would give more people access to needed drugs, and Big...

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1 April 2013
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Author: Julien Bouissou, Le Monde

C'est un nouveau coup dur pour l'industrie pharmaceutique en Inde, et une nouvelle étape vers un accès plus large des populations défavorisées aux médicaments génériques. En rejetant…la demande de brevet déposée par…Novartis sur le Glivec…la Cour...

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1 April 2013

India: Supreme Court rejects Novartis' patent application for new version of cancer drug Glivec; NGOs say ruling will increase access to medicines

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15 March 2013

UNCTAD -United Nations Conference on Trade and De: Forum to discuss voluntary sustainability standards that increasingly affect developing-country exports

Author: Food & Agriculture Organization, Intl. Trade Centre, UN Conference on Trade & Development, UN Environment Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization

[L]abelling of coffee, cocoa, tea, bananas, fish, timber or flowers as "sustainable" under various voluntary certification programmes is among the key challenges facing agrofood-exporting developing countries that are to be discussed at a new United...

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4 December 2012
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Author: Lazaro Pay

La necesidad de una regulación internacional de las [empresas trasnacionales] en las reglas del juego de la economía de mercado es parte esencial de la voluntad política de la comunidad internacional destinada a proporcionar un sustento juródico al...

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1 December 2012

Cigarette plain packaging laws come into force in Australia

Author: Guardian [UK]

Australia's world-first laws on cigarette and tobacco plain packaging have come into force, replacing brand logos and colours with generic drab olive green coverings, gruesome pictures of diseased body parts…It is the world's most strict regime for the...

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4 October 2012

Hershey stuns critics with commitment to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020

Author: Oliver Nieburg, Confectionery News [France]

The Hershey Company has surprised its critics after announcing plans to...use certified cocoa from third-party audited farms that prohibit the use of child labor and aim to increase farmer well-being...“I hadn’t expected them to do this. Until this...

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1 October 2012

[PDF] TUC position paper: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [UK]

Author: TUC (Trades Union Congress)

The recently adopted UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a strong international consensus on how to tackle the rise in business-related human rights abuses. This paper outlines TUC policy priorities for the UK government and...

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12 September 2012
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Author: Alejandro Teitelbaum, Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (CAOI)

…[Hace] casi 40 años y en vista de las conductas contrarias a los derechos humanos de muchas empresas transnacionales y de la insuficiencia del marco jurídico nacional…se intentó…[uno] internacional para contenerlas…En el Informe de la Secretaría...

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3 August 2012

[PDF] Cereal Secrets: The world's largest grain traders and global agriculture

Author: Sophia Murphy, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, David Burch, University of Queensland, Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo, for Oxfam

The major traders, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, collectively known as the ABCD traders, share a significant presence in a range of basic commodities, controlling, for example, as much as 90 per cent of the global...

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