On September 19 and 20, the United Nations meets to potentially adopt a declaration on non-communicable diseases similar to the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. The diseases of particular focus include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory disease. Similar to previous UN initiatives around HIV/AIDS, the meeting will focus on developmental, social and economic impacts and other challenges, particularly for developing countries.
UN background documents mention IP and it is possible that UN negotiations may include provisions on IP.
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Documents for the U.N. meeting:
Report by the Secretary-General on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (A/66/83)
Scope, modalities, format and organization of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (A/RES/65/238)
General Assembly Resolution on Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (A/RES/64/265)
Action plan for the global strategy for the prevention and control of NCDs
Global status report on NCDs 2010
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