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UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines

UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines

If a medical researcher has a great idea, but no one’s around to invest in it, does it make a cure?

This classic ‘tree falling in the woods’ scenario sets the scene for a very important dialogue underway in the United Nations (UN) today with the creation of the UN’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UNHLP). Though the focus of the Panel is to remedy “policy incoherence” or “misalignment” between intellectual property and human rights, the Global Intellectual Property Center today took the opportunity to flip that line of thinking on its head.

Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

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Would you willingly hand over your hard-earned cash or credit card information to organized criminals, who sell drugs, facilitate human trafficking, and support terrorists? Whether you realize it or not, purchasing counterfeit goods or accessing illicit content on the web is oftentimes fuelling international crime, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).