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WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property

Published May 2008

This WHO document was released after the World Health Assembly on May 24, 2008.

The WHO states,

"From December 2006 till May 2008, WHO Member States and other stakeholders met in three meetings of the Intergovernmental Working group (and also in regional consultations and other multilateral meetings linked to the IGWG), to discuss ways to foster innovation, build capacity and improve access to health products to achieve better health outcomes in developing countries. Their work was enhanced by written submissions from Member States on various negotiating texts, as well as inputs from a wide range of stakeholders through two web-based public hearings.

In May 2008, the Sixty-first World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA 61.21: Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property. The global strategy and plan of action is comprised of eight elements, which are designed to promote innovation, build capacity, imoprove access and mobilize resources."

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