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The effectiveness and equity of the WHO Pandemic Agreement threatened by late-stage EU access and benefit sharing proposal

29 January, 2024: At the end of last year, the Third World Network (TWN) reported that the EU circulated a proposal on access and benefit-sharing provisions within the Pandemic Agreement which threatened to undermine its effectiveness and equity.

AFTINET submission to the JSCOT Review of the amended ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area

18 January, 2023: AFTINET has made a submission to the JSCOT review of the amended ASEAN Australia-New Zealand-Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). The amended agreement still contains Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions which are being used by Australian businessman Clive Palmer to sue the Australian government for over $340 billion.

Director-General of the WHO walks back on previous support for a TRIPS-waiver extension

10 January, 2023: At the end of last year, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, cautioned against undermining intellectual property rules. His comments, made at a press briefing in Geneva, were significant considering the ongoing, deadlocked discussions at the World Trade Organisation on whether to extend a temporary waiver of some intellectual property rules for COVID.

US policy change in WTO and IPEF trade deals supports national regulation of AI, privacy, cyber security

18 December, 2023: In an interview at the Aspen Security Forum, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai has explained why the US has withdrawn support for proposals in the World Trade Organisation and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework which could prevent governments from regulating cross-border data flows, and regulation of source code and algorithms.