Background of the Conference

The present overarching ambit of the SDG agenda and the significant role of international engagements, particularly trade and contemporary political developments in countries make it imperative to engage for productive and tangible solutions.

Improving access to medical products is a multidimensional challenge that requires comprehensive national policies and strategies. It is important to align public health needs with economic and social development objectives and promote collaboration with other sectors, partners and stakeholders. Equally, these policies need to be in line with legal and regulatory frameworks and cover the entire product life cycle.

Urgent efforts should be made to make advances in new affordable, safe and quality health products and medical devices widely available in developing countries including leveraging international intellectual property agreements which contain flexibilities that could facilitate increased access to pharmaceutical products by developing countries as recommended in the report of Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health.

Details of the previous two World Conferences can be accessed at:

2017 World Conference

2018 World Conference