are the details:
A technical symposium on
ACCESS TO MEDICINES: PRICING AND PROCUREMENT PRACTICES
16 July 2010
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WTO, Centre William Rappard, Meeting Room CRII
Rue de Lausanne 154,1211 Geneva
The WHO, WIPO and the WTO are jointly organizing a Symposium at technical
level on Access to Medicines: Pricing and Procurement Practices on 16 July
2010 at the Centre William Rappard in the WTO in Geneva.
The purpose of the symposium is to learn what international and regional
agencies have experienced in the pricing and procurement of medicines as
important determinants of access. It will also provide an opportunity to
discuss where to obtain information on access to medicines, their prices and
their availability. The core questions are about drug procurement, pricing
and relevant intellectual property issues. The discussions will be
technical, serving as a forum for participants to share information, views
and practical experiences.
This event should lay the groundwork for continuing dialogue among the
collaborating organizations. A draft programme is available here.
The symposium will be opened by the Directors-General of WHO, WIPO and WTO
followed by an overview of the international legal and policy framework.
This includes a review of information sources on the prices and procurement
of medicines. International and regional agencies will be invited to share
their experience in the field. Finally, participants will be invited to
discuss a range of issues, including the need for continued collaboration
between WHO, WIPO and WTO.
This symposium forms part of the on-going trilateral cooperation between the
WHO, WIPO and WTO, which includes the implementation of the WHO Global
Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual
Participants are expected to be Geneva-based delegations to the WHO, WIPO
and WTO, representatives of international and philanthropic initiatives on
the procurement of medicines, civil society organizations, and industry
Please note that the event will be held in English only; no interpretation
will be available. Participation in the symposium is open to all interested
individuals and organizations, subject to availability of space.
Registration for this conference is mandatory for those without
accreditation Should you wish to attend, please send an email to
Karyn.Russell@wto.org latest by 14 July 2010.
Emails requesting registration should include the participant’s name,
position and affiliation together with full contact details. Registered
participants without WTO accreditation need to enter the WTO by the
Registration and Security Office and bring official identification. Please
note that only official ID/Passports are accepted as identification (student
card or organization badges are not accepted).
> Draft programme (updated 15 July 2010): pdf
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