Draft Resolution on the Protection of Traditional Medicine

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    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,

Resolves to:

    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

    modern technologies.

    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.

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