WTO, WHO, WIPO Symposium to Examine How Innovative Technologies Can Promote Health-Related SDGs


The World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will on February 26, 2018, convene a symposium to discuss challenges and opportunities to ensure that innovative technologies are developed in order to realize the right to health and health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for an evidence-based exchange of views and experiences of various stakeholders and representatives of relevant sectors. Innovative, inclusive, and multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships that research, develop and facilitate access to novel, needs-based health technologies will be highlighted. The exchange will provide the basis for discussion and allow participants to achieve a better understanding of the benefits, drawbacks, and impact of the various available options.

Focus of the Symposium

The symposium is expected to open with a three panel discussion led by Directors-General Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesu (WHO), Francis Gurry (WIPO) and Roberto Azevêdo (WTO). The first panel will focus on global health data, disease burden and the challenges ahead. The second panel will address technology as a driver of medical progress and access, while the third panel will examine how policy choices impact on access to innovative technologies.

The event is open to Geneva-based delegations to the WHO, WIPO and the WTO, representatives of international and philanthropic organizations, experts on intellectual property and trade, civil society organizations and interested individuals and organizations. Today is the last day to register.

Date: February 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Venue: Executive Board Room, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

Further information regarding the symposium and online registration is available at: TrilateralSymposium.

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