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
Affordable textbooks are essential for education
Rafiqul Islam Azad, Dhaka, 8 June 2013: The extension of Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver is very important for the development of each of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh. There is no alternative to allow LDCs for TRIPS waiver extension for their socio-economic and cultural development until they are graduated to developed country. Continue reading
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Aline A. ASSANKPON, 8 juin 2013: Les représentants des Pays moins avancés (PMA) africains réussiront-ils à affiner leur stratégie pour proroger une fois encore, la dérogation sur les Conseil des aspects des droits de propriété intellectuelle qui touchent au commerce (ADPIC) accordées par l’OMC en 2005 ? Préoccupation actuelle des PMA africains qui subissent la pression des pays développés pour sa suspension. Quelle importance revêt alors cette dérogation qui prend fin en janvier 2014 ? Une question de survie. 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
DHAKA, JUNE 4: Leaders of civil society right groups’ network EquityBD and VOICE on Tuesday demanded the cancellation of debt and creating democratic space for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) specially in international financial institutions like the World Bank. The demand was made at a press conference at the National Press Club to focus the lackings in the UN High Level Panel report on post 2015 agenda. 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
Diamond worker in resource-rich Sierra Leone
– Over the past three decades, Africa has functioned as a “net creditor” to the rest of the world, the result of a cumulative outflow of nearly a trillion and a half dollars from the continent. New data, to released on Wednesday by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog group, stands in stark contrast to widely held images of Africa receiving massive amounts of foreign aid.