UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, UN Human Rights Council Opens its Regular Session with a Special Guest, WTO: Director General Okonjo-Iweala Hopes for MC12 (hint: It is more than a TRIPS waiver)
LDC's Ministers Met on Sunday, TRIPS Waiver, Fisheries, Climate Crisis, Ukraine and Food Security, What is at Stake? Hope is the word.
“We now need the political will of ministers.”
WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala
“We have lots of dossiers, let’s hope we can land one or two. That will be better than the last MC in Buenos Aires.“ so started the press conference by WTO Director General, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala.
Texts are being negotiated by country members, as we speak.
Texts on ministerial considerations on the food crisis. How to respond to these emergencies. There are a couple of texts on these, one on the World Food Programme, how to make sure the humanitarian corridors are working to allow the transport of grains outside Ukraine. A WFP waiver, allowing them to transport goods outside Ukraine, is being discussed as well.
Speaking of waivers, what about the TRIPS Waiver? The exception to IP uses in cases of international public health crisis such as the Covid-19, that allows low-middle-income countries to manufacture their own vaccines?
The pharmaceutical lobby is around here en masse, adverti…