South Bulletins

South Bulletin 99, 2 May 2017

Need for South to use policy space to expand access to medicines

Access to medicines has recently been a major topic of intense discussion at various forums.   Representatives of developing countries and leaders of civil society and experts are advocating that more policy space and political empathy be given to countries of the South (as well as to people in the North) so that they can make use of flexibilities in the IP regimes and provide medicines at affordable prices.

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South Bulletin 98, 17 March 2017

A new protectionist threat:  the US “border adjustment” tax

A new protectionist device, the US “border adjustment” tax, is being planned that could devastate the exports of developing countries and cause American and other foreign companies to relocate. The first article explains the complexities and implications  of this proposed measure. The major question of whether such a measure will violate the rules of the WTO is examined in the second article. (more…)

South Bulletin 97, 9 February 2017

Shocks for developing countries from President Trump’s first weeks

Mr. Donald Trump’s first weeks as US President have sent shockwaves around the world, and it is the developing countries that will be most affected. (more…)

South Bulletin 96, 30 November 2016

Big support for UN Access to Medicines High Level Panel’s Report

There is an urgent need not only to support but to undertake follow up activities relating to the recently released report of the UN Secretary General’s high level panel on access to medicines. (more…)

South Bulletin 95, 1 November 2016

Non-Aligned Movement Summit re-asserts its relevance in a turbulent world

The 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Venezuela in mid-September 2016 was an occasion to reflect on the movement’s history and to reaffirm its relevance in a world of great political and economic turbulence.   It adopted two documents which are remarkable for their comprehensiveness, showing the consensus of 120 countries for positions in a wide range of issues.   It faces the challenge of maintaining these positions in negotiations in the years ahead, and converting some of them into action. (more…)

South Bulletin 94, 19 September 2016

UNCTAD XIV succeeds in renewing UNCTAD mandate, after tough negotiations

Once in four years, UNCTAD holds a Conference to review the global situation and to set out UNCTAD’s work for the next four years.  UNCTAD XIV, held in Nairobi in July, renewed the UNCTAD mandates but only after long negotiations where developing countries under the G77 and China had to fight hard to resist attempts to dilute UNCTAD’s work.  (more…)

South Bulletin 93, 16 August 2016

The Right to Development at 30: Looking Back and Forwards

The Right to Development has had great resonance with people worldwide since it was adopted by the UN General Assembly 30 years ago.  It establishes the right of people to take part in the development process and to equitably enjoy the benefits of development.  Today this right is even more relevant, as the world faces manifold crises.  (more…)

South Bulletin 92, 4 August 2016

Facing up to the world’s critical health crises

The world is facing multiple crises in public  health, from how to cope with new and old epidemics and the explosive cost of new medicines, to the threats from antimicrobial resistance.  These issues were discussed at the WHO’s World Health Assembly held in Geneva. This issue of South Bulletin focuses on the WHA and health issues.  (more…)

South Bulletin 91, 18 June 2016

Improving Access to Medicines: What needs to be done

This South Bulletin provides a  summary of the South Centre’s three submissions to the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Access to Medicines on some of the key actions that need to be taken to strengthen the access to medicines for people in developing countries: (more…)

South Bulletin 90, 16 May 2016

Foreign Investment, Investment Treaties and Development: Myths & Realities

The growing debate on investment agreements has underscored the importance of understanding the nature and effects of foreign investment. The issues of FDI, investment treaties and development are examined in this South Bulletin. (more…)

South Bulletin 89, 31 December 2015

United Nations Summit adopts the 2030 Development Agenda

The United Nations held a Development Summit on 25-27 September, attended by many top political leaders. The Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will have a major impact on how development will be dissected and monitored in the UN and at country level in the next 15 years. (more…)

South Bulletin 87-88, 23 November 2015

Business and Human Rights: Commencing discussions on a legally binding instrument

This double issue of the South Bulletin focuses on an important issue –  human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

More specifically, it publishes reports on the first meeting of the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on a legally binding instrument on TNCs and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.  (more…)


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