Resolution on the Protection of Traditional Medicine in the Asia-Pacific Region

APPF13 RES 22

13th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
10-13 January 2005

Resolution on the Protection of Traditional Medicine in the Asia-Pacific Region

APPF13/RES/22

(Sponsored by the Philippines)

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Asia - Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

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 especially 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 practice of traditional medicine is essential for its preservation, as well as, a safeguard to piracy;

Noting also such protection has not been fully covered by the WTO-Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) signed in Doha, Qatar,

Noting the inclusion of reference to indigenous peoples and their resources in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and relevant documents of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous peoples,

RESOLVES TO:

1. Call on all APPF member countries to encourage research protection and development of traditional medicine;

2. Enjoin all APPF member countries 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 countries to pave the way for a regular exchange of information on knowledge on traditional medicine and ensure information is catalogued in an accessible data bank using available modern technologies;

4. Increase technical cooperation on the development of herbal medicines among APPF member countries;

5. Request the governments of APPF member countries to participate actively in the review of the TRIPS Agreement in the WTO TRIPS Council, World Intellectual Property Organization, the Convention on Bio-diversity, and other appropriate international fora so ample protection could be accorded to the protection of traditional medicine knowledge.



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