LDCnewsLetterIIjune2013-Bulletin IIPMA nouvelles juin 2013
Here is the latest newsletter from the LDC News Service. It discusses the TRIPS waiver to be debated tomorrow at the WTO and contains interviews with Ambassador Acharya, the new under Secretary General for LDCs, and with LDC Watch President Demba Dembele.
Daphne Davies and Bhagirath Yogi
Voici le dernier bulletin du Service de Nouvelles PMA. Il traite de l’exonération sur les ADPIC pour être débattu demain à l’OMC et contient des entretiens avec Ambassadeur Acharya, le nouveau Secrétaire général adjoint pour les PMAs, et avec LDC Watch président Demba Dembélé.
Daphne Davies et Bhagirath Yogi
In August 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed GYAN CHANDRA ACHARYA as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. A former Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Acharya also served as Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations. He served as Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Group of Least Developed Countries since 2009 leading to the successful conclusion of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries and the follow-up process. A passionate advocate of LDC rights, Acharya, 53, spoke to LDC NEWS on contemporary issues. Follows excerpts of the interview Continue reading
In the run-up to the WTO decision about whether to extend the TRIPS waiver to LDCs we are printing a series of articles explaining the importance of the waiver for LDCs. The first article is by LDC International Coordinator Arjun Karki, which lays out the arguments for maintaining the waiver.
Dr Arjun Karki
Civil society organisations have been working strenuously to persuade developed countries to extend the WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of the Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement
TRIPS exemption. LDC Watch in particular has been lobbying countries and organisations, such as the European Parliament, to agree. In this article, which originally appeared in MyRepublica.com, Dr Arjun Karki, International Coordinator of LDC Watch explains the background and the arguments behind the call for the extension.
I have been closely following the on-going trade negotiations in Geneva between the LDCs and developed countries, in relation to the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement. The negotiations are increasingly turning into a battle for justice for the LDCs. Continue reading
Montevideo, May 30 Roberto Bissio: “Eradicating extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030” should be “central” to a new development agenda for post 2030. But initial reactions from civil society organizations were unenthusiastic. “Uninspiring” was a term frequently heard and one of the first comments (by German development economist Gabriele Koehler) is titled “more of the same, just prettier.” Another argued that “this is not business as usual, but rather putting business at the center.” Continue reading
Johanna Morden, 30 May: The report out today on the global blueprint for th post-2015 agenda is likely to kick off a phase of intense lobbying and negotiations, which may affect international cooperation — and the delivery of foreign aid — for years to come. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, Mar 30 2013, Carey L. Biron: IPS The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging national governments around the world to roll back or eliminate subsidies on petroleum-based energy sources, estimating that this alone could result in a 13-percent decline in global carbon dioxide emissions. Continue reading
The World Social Forum DIgnity-Karama will take place in Tunis, 26 30 March 2013. The active involvement of movements, organizations, trade unions, platforms and networks from Tunisia, Maghreb, Machrek, Sub-saharan African, Americas, Europe and from all over the world allows us to hope for a successful, popular and dynamic Forum. Continue reading