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Joint UNAIDS/UNDP Briefing Highlights Potential Impacts of Free Trade Agreements on Public Health

June 4, 2012

"A new UNAIDS/UNDP joint issues brief [.pdf] highlights the potential impacts of free trade agreements on public health," UNAIDS reports in a feature story on its website. "The brief concludes that 'to retain the benefits of [flexibilities in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)], countries at a minimum should avoid entering into free trade agreements that contain obligations that can impact on pharmaceutical price or availability,'" the article states. It adds that "the potential impact of a number of current or planned free trade agreement negotiations taking place across the world -- particularly affecting countries in the Asia and the Pacific region -- can hinder countries' rights to implement such flexibilities" (6/1).

"This report gives added ammunition to the opponents of the U.S. approach, which appears to include all of the eight non-U.S. countries in the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] negotiation as well as a broad global civil society coalition," writes (Flynn, 6/1). In two separate interviews, ABC Radio Australia's Sen Lam speaks with Shiba Phurailatpam, regional coordinator of the Bangkok-based Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV, and Kajal Bhardwaj, an independent lawyer working in India on HIV health and human rights, about the issue (6/4).

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This information was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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