FTAA: MSF conclusions and recommendations
1 September 2003
As a medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has seen first hand the detrimental effects of strong intellectual property protection in developing countries - high prices mean people do not get the medicines they need. Safeguards in TRIPS, reaffirmed in the Doha Declaration, provide countries with the safety valve they need, and FTAA threatens to shut this valve.
MSF calls upon countries in the Americas to uphold their obligation to put the health needs of people before commercial and trade interests by implementing the Doha Declaration and making full use of the flexibilities in the TRIPS Agreement.
MSF calls upon countries of the Americas to exclude intellectual property provisions from the FTAA agreement altogether in order to protect public health and promote access to medicines.
MSF calls upon the World Health Organization (WHO)/ Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and UNAIDS to publicly support an "intellectual property out of FTAA" position.