2019 WTO workshop on public health, global trade and intellectual property


The WTO, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will hold its 6th annual Workshop on Trade and Public Health in Geneva from 11 to 15 November 2019.

The workshop will take a holistic approach to the interlinkages between trade and public health, building on similar workshops and activities organized by the WTO Secretariat since 2005. The event will follow the approach developed in the WHO-WIPO-WTO trilateral study, “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections Between Public health, Intellectual Property and Trade”.

The goal of the workshop is to build the capacity of policymakers –
to equip them with the knowledge, tools and skills critical to
analysing complex policy choices at the crossroads of trade,
intellectual property and public health. The workshop will examine the
role that multilateral trade agreements play as part of the wider
action to meet increasingly urgent public health needs.

The programme
this year covers: public health determinants; the intellectual
property system; pricing and procurement policies; competition policy
and rules; tariffs, quotas and licensing; health services; and
regulatory issues, including approval, quality control and
effectiveness of medicines, the protection of clinical trial data under
the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Agreement
and health-related measures in the framework of the Technical Barriers
to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) committees.

Breakout sessions on topical issues such as anti-microbial resistance and the fast-evolving advances in the medical technology industry will take place throughout the week. Participants will also engage in exercises and case studies designed to examine key areas.


Senior government officials who want to enhance their technical
knowledge and policymaking expertise at the intersections of public
health, intellectual property and trade are invited to apply.

Specifically, this workshop is designed for senior
government officials who make, assess and implement trade and IP policy
options that impact public health. Candidates must have established
expertise and experience in their fields of work, a good level of
knowledge of the WTO agreements and public health policy and all-round
proficiency in English, the working language of the workshop.

Government officials from authorities responsible for trade, intellectual property, public health, foreign affairs or any other relevant authority in the interface between trade agreements and public health are welcome to apply.


The WTO Secretariat can fund a maximum of 30 participants. Provision will also be made for up to five self-funded participants.

Selected participants will receive confirmation directly. Relevant administrative information, travel details and economic-class ticket will be sent after the selection has taken place

Application Deadline: June 30th 2019

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the WTO workshop on public health, global trade and intellectual property