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Ministerial Breakfast Roundtable at the ECOSOC High Level Segment on Global Public Health, and High-Quality and Low-Cost Pharmaceutical Production in Developing Countries

Organized by ICTSD, UNCTAD, and the World Health Organization (WHO)


Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 7 July 2009

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The WHO, UNCTAD and ICTSD are launching a new project on pharmaceutical-related transfer of technology in favour of developing countries. The project is funded by the European Commission.

The UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Petko Draganov opened the roundtable introducing the challenges of local production of pharmaceuticals and the new project.

Dr. Elil Renganathan, the Director of the WHO Secretariat on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, also spoke on the launch of the new project and the developments at WHO.

The Chief Executive of ICTSD, Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, addressed the recent multilateral developments, the challenges of access to medicine and the collaboration under the new project on pharmaceutical-related transfer of technology in favour of developing countries.

Jürgen Reinhardt of UNIDO spoke on the industrial and economic challenges of pharmaceutical production in developing countries and the work of UNIDO in this regard.

Ambassador Fisseha Yimer co-chaired the roundtable and presented the experience of Ethiopia on local production of pharmaceuticals.

© ICTSD 2004 - Last Update: 05-Oct-2009