WTO Public Forum: The (elusive?) Quest for Coherence in Global Negotiations and Norms: the Case of TRIPS and CBD


“The Forces Shaping World Trade” Session 38: Sub-theme III: Coherence between the WTO and other areas of global governance

17th September 2010

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At this year’s WTO Public Forum, the ICTSD Programme on IPRs and Sustainable Development cordially invites you to attend the ICTSD session entitled The (elusive?) quest for coherence in global negotiations and norms: the case of the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The session will take place on Friday, 17 September, from 16:30-18:30 in Room CR II at the WTO.

As negotiations on a draft access and benefit sharing (ABS) protocol to be adopted at the 10th CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) in Nagoya (18 to 29 October 2010) enter their final stage, the relationship with other international processes dealing with  traditional knowledge and genetic resources continue to raise questions and fuel disagreements.

In this context, negotiators, policy makers and different stakeholders are struggling to ensure greater ‘coherence’ and ‘mutual supportiveness’ between these discussions in the biodiversity, trade intellectual property and even health regimes within their respective objectives, principles and rules. How can this coherence be achieved? What does ‘mutual supportiveness’ concretely mean?

These are some of the main questions that the panel will seek to address.

The WTO Public Forum is open to all interested individuals.

For attendance, please ensure you are registered at (https://meetings.wto.org/Forums/Registrant/SymposiumRegistration.aspx?Language=E).

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