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British PM Cameron Lists Major Issues To Be Addressed At G8 Summit

Noting “Britain is hosting this year’s G8 summit, which gets underway next week (June 17-18) in Northern Ireland,” VOA News reports, “Prime Minister David Cameron has listed the major issues he wants leaders to tackle when they gather at the Lough Erne resort.” The news service notes G8 Research Center…

WTO’s TRIPS Council Grants Extension To World’s Poorest Nations

“The globe’s poorest nations have won an eight-year extension of a waiver on intellectual property rules, but still need to hold talks on the vexed issue of pharmaceutical patents, World Trade Organization [WTO] officials said Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “A session of the 159-nation WTO’s TRIPS Council — standing for…

TPP Trade Agreement Could Damage Global Health

Writing in an Al Jazeera opinion piece, Margaret Flowers, a board member of Healthcare-Now, co-director of It’s Our Economy and co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio Show, says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, currently being “secretly negotiated” among the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations “is a major power…

World Trade Organization Addresses Food Security, Agriculture Issues

Financial Times: World Trade Organization takes on food security conundrum “…Following what turned out to be the success in Bali, the WTO is now engaged in a monumental debate over what comes next. As Roberto Azevêdo, the Brazilian diplomat who took over as director-general of the WTO last September, has…

U.N.-Backed Initiative Expands Efforts To Drive Medical Innovations For NTDs

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed initiative boosts knowledge-sharing to combat neglected tropical diseases “Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency today hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards…

Honduras, Ukraine Challenge Australian Laws On Tobacco Marketing At WTO

“Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging Australian laws that impose uniform drab green packaging and large graphic health warnings for cigarettes, diplomats said on Friday,” Reuters reports. “Tobacco firms say the Australian rules, which outlaw logos, infringe their trademarks,” the news agency…

TPP Should Address U.S. Business Concerns But Address Health Risks Of Tobacco

“Tobacco sickens and, eventually, can kill if consumed as intended. Every country, the United States included, should be taking every effective step to prevent smoking,” a Washington Post editorial states. The U.S. “has wisely pursued pacts to expand free trade with partners around the world,” but “[w]hat to do ……

U.N. Report Gives Mixed Review Of MDG 8 On Partnerships, Trade

“The international community must live up to the commitments it made in support of achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets, [U.N.] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on Thursday] said launching a new report [.pdf] which finds that despite significant successes, the global economic slowdown continues to hinder progress on the Millennium Development Goals…

Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Damage Global Health

Huffington Post: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is “a pending trade deal between the U.S. and 11 Asian trading partners. Despite…