The World Trade Organization (WTO) has announced an open call for the 2023 Trade and Public Health Workshop, an intensive one-week programme delivered by expert speakers with different backgrounds and expertise, participants will examine the role that multilateral trade agreements play as part of the wider action to meet increasingly urgent public health needs.
The WTO will hold its annual Workshop on Trade and Public Health for senior government officials from 6 to 10 November 2023 in Geneva.
The 17th WTO Trade and Public Health Workshop, organized in close collaboration with the secretariats of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), takes a holistic approach to the interlinkages between public health, trade and intellectual property (IP).
The workshop’s content is multidisciplinary and based on the second edition of the WHO-WIPO-WTO Trilateral Study “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between Public Health, Intellectual Property and Trade”.
Participants will also look into targeted practical case studies designed to examine key policy tools and how to effectively apply them to foster positive public health outcomes.
- Government officials with relevant experience in trade and public health and:
- Direct responsibility for matters relating to the interaction between trade agreements, IP conventions, and public health, whether from authorities responsible for foreign affairs, trade, IP, public health or from any other relevant government entity;
- Demonstrable expectation of continuing to work, or being assigned responsibilities, specifically in this field;
- Advanced level of knowledge about trade law and policy, including, but not limited to, the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement, and public health policy;
- All-round proficiency in English, as the Workshop will be conducted in English only;
- The Trade and Public Health Workshop is aimed at senior government officials with a high‑level understanding of, and proven practical experience regarding, matters at the crossroads of health, trade and IP;
- The WTO Secretariat can fund a maximum of 30 participants from eligible technical assistance beneficiaries;
- Government officials from WTO members and observers eligible to benefit from WTO training activities are invited to apply.
For more information, visit World Trade Organization.