The workshop is part of the existing collaboration framework between the three organizations, as highlighted by their Directors-General on 15 June. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Daren Tang and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala agreed the three agencies will collaborate on the organization of practical capacity-building workshops at the technical level to enhance the flow of updated information on current developments in the pandemic and responses to achieve equitable access to COVID-19 health technologies. The aim of these workshops is to strengthen the capacity of policymakers and experts in member governments to address the pandemic accordingly.
The first in the series of workshops will address technology transfer and licensing. It will convey information to enhance knowledge and understanding of how IP, know-how and technology transfer work in practice, not only vis-à-vis medical technologies but also for related products and services.
Participation is open to representatives of members of the WHO, WIPO and WTO, as well as to WTO accession candidates. Online registration is mandatory by 26 September 2021. A draft programme will be available from this webpage. The virtual workshop will be held in English only.