Draft Resolution on the Protection of Traditional Medicine in the Asia-Pacific Region
thThe 13 Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF),
Recognizing that the Asia-Pacific region is home to indigenous peoples who have preserved the culture of practicing traditional medicine;
Aware that scientific studies have proven the efficacy of this practice and is a viable alternative vis-à-vis the high cost of pharmaceutical medicines;
Noting that the preservation of the art of traditional medicine would prove beneficial to developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region specially to its poor constituents;
Aware that the practice of traditional medicines is a result of centuries-old knowledge and folklore passed on from one generation to another and is, by itself, part of the country’s cultural heritage;
Noting that the protection of the practive of traditional medicine is essential for its preservation, as well as, a safeguard to piracy;
Regretting that such protection has not been fully covered by the WTO-Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) signed in Doha, Qatar,
1. Call on all APPF member-states to create incentives for the protection and
development of traditional medicine and support its development.
2. Enjoin all APPF-member states to formally recognize the importance of
traditional medicine and explore its assimilation in national health care
systems and medical curriculum.
3. Create awareness within APPF member-states to pave the way for a
regular exchange of information on knowledge on traditional medicine
and ensure information is catalogued in a data bank using available
4. Increase technical cooperation on the development of herbal medicines
among APPF member-countries.
5. Actively participate in the review of the TRIPS Agreement in the WTO
TRIPS Council so ample protection could be accorded to the protection of
traditional medicine knowledge.