From prohibitive cancer drugs to making resources available to fight microbial drug resistance, or getting access to timely diagnostics – access issues are the cornerstone for equitable health systems worldwide.
Priti Patnaik is a Geneva-based journalist and researcher. She has previously worked as a consultant in the UN system including at the WHO. She tweets at @pretpat and can be reached at [email protected]
Irrespective of all the ambitions for the future and earnest intentions to reform the administration, ultimately it will be financing that will dictate how far WHO can go.
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Peter Sands was elected the executive director of the financing organisation even though he did not have American support, perhaps indicating the country’s waning importance.
The US has been blocking the appointment of ‘judges’ to WTO’s Appellate Body because of disagreements with both the procedure followed and some of the body’s rulings.
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India was one of the most sued countries in 2015. Will the country’s new model bilateral investment treaty attract and safeguard foreign investment more effectively?
Should countries focus on clean energy and worry less about making components feeding into clean energy industries?
“If governments who have been helped by Hervé Falciani will not protect him, they would make themselves guilty of wilful blindness or of looking the other way while a whistleblower is legally crucified.”
‘The United States’s hypocritical stance of seeking to protect itself against foreign tax havens while preserving itself as a tax haven for residents of other countries needs to be countered,’ says new global report
The United States and Switzerland want the right to file complaints for loss of trade ‘benefits’ even against countries whose intellectual property rights laws are fully consistent with international agreements.
Switzerland will allow stolen data acquired through official means to form the basis for a request for assistance but will help India only for post-2011 bank accounts, that too as long as Swiss courts don’t interfere
Driven by the reputational damage its banking secrecy has caused in a world increasingly impatient with tax offenders, Switzerland is slowly moving to make the sharing of information with other countries easier.