Title of the activity
2020 Trade and Public Health Workshop
Activity Type
Thematic course
The Trade and Public Health Workshop has become one of the WTO flagship activities focusing on cross-cutting issues, with inputs from several substantive divisions in the WTO Secretariat. It is organized in close collaboration with WIPO and WHO, as part of the Trilateral Cooperation. The Workshop explores the links between trade and public health in a holistic manner and its overall objective is to build capacity to analyse, undertake policy choices and foster coherent decision making. It has evolved over time to cover current and topical issues at the crossroad of health, trade and intellectual property.

Participants will be exposed to WTO disciplines related to public health, as well as to the work undertaken by the WIPO and the WHO. The combination of round-table discussions, presentations by experts from different disciplines and case studies is designed to stimulate interaction and experience sharing. In particular, the workshop will cover key factors that influence innovation and access in the pharmaceutical sector, including: public health determinants; intellectual property rights; pricing and procurement policies; competition policy and rules; tariffs, quotas and licensing; and health services. A separate section will deal with regulatory issues, including the approval, quality control and effectiveness of medicines, the protection of clinical test data under the TRIPS Agreement and health-related measures in the TBT and SPS Committees. This will be complemented by a series of discussions dedicated to specific, cross-cutting themes linking trade agreements to topical issues, such as "New and Emerging Health Technologies", "Health, Trade and IP: Working Together to fight Pandemics", and a field visit to a manufacturer of medical devices.
Host Country
Geneva, Switzerland
Trade topic
Start Date
End Date
In order to implement the recommendations of the TA Audit, interested candidates are required to have successfully completed the tutored Distance Learning Course Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation that will be delivered by WIPO; or face-to-face training activities delivered by the WHO, WIPO and/or the WTO on the subjects of the Workshop. IPD has been working in close coordination with WIPO to align the dates of the tutored Distance Learning Course.

IPD will carry out the selection process, in collaboratio with colleagues in AGCD and TED, WHO and WIPO.
Target Audience
Government officials
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
eAR Status