Launch of statement in support of WTO TRIPS waiver proposal
EIFL will participate in an online press conference launching a civil society statement in support of the WTO TRIPS waiver proposal

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Event Date: 22 Mar 2021

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will participate in an online public event and press conference to launch a statement by global civil society joining the call by South Africa and India for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily suspend its rules on intellectual property necessary to support the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19. The call is co-sponsored by 57 developing countries, mostly in Africa.

EIFL contributed to the statement, which calls particular attention to the need to include copyright rules within the waiver. It was signed by over 250 prominent researchers, copyright experts and organizations including EIFL partner consortia in Kenya, Lesotho, Lithuania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Other speakers from the library field are Dick Kawooya, School of Information Science, University of South Carolina and Denise Nicholson, Scholarly Horizons, South Africa.