IP Disputes in Medicine

Friday, December 08, 2006

First IGWG Meeting ends; new expert selection process for next meeting

by Ben Krohmal

The involvement of NGOs and experts at future IGWG meetings was discussed on the fifth and final day of the first IGWG meeting. Greater future involvement of NGOs seems a distinct possibility, and the legal council of the Secretariate has said that experts for future meetings may be nominated by member states. This is a promising development. Experts for this meeting were selected by the Secretariat, and selection process has been widely criticized for lacking transparency and failing to include experts from developing countries. The meeting ended with plans for a new strategy and plan of action document to be issues by the Secretariat in February, with input from member state submissions, followed by a second meeting or series of meetings at a date/dates to be determined.


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