The ASAP-supported project Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) was launched on May 26. GCCW is a new initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change action and solutions. During GCCW (to be held this year on October 19-25) academics will alter their programs to coordinate their teaching on some aspect of climate change. They will also organize various other activities focused on awareness-raising, behavior change and political transformation in relation to climate policy, with the participation of NGOs, the community and not-for-profit sector.
ASAP and the Collegium Wartinum Foundation invite participants to the first ASAP Europe Conference (June 17-19) followed by a philosophy salon (June 19-21, 2015). To reserve your place, please contact Justine Kolata at firstname.lastname@example.org. The events will take place in the beautiful and historic Schloss Wartin in Brandenburg, Germany, a short train ride from Berlin. […]
In the last twenty years, extensive and uniform protections of intellectual property rights (IPRs) have been incorporated into the global trading system through initiatives such as the WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. Under this IPR regime, the development of new medicines is driven by the reward of high prices facilitated by temporary market exclusivity. While this method of incentivizing research has produced important innovations, it has also engendered unfortunate consequences. When a new medicine is protected from generic competition, its profit-maximizing price inevitably excludes a large proportion of the world’s population, even in affluent countries such as Canada. As a result of this system of incentives, people suffer and die needlessly as the medicines they need are out of their reach, and research is focused on medicines that can be sold at high prices, rather than on those that would lead to the greatest improvements in human health.
Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh held a conference on January 5th and 6th that concluded in the launch of two ASAP chapters: ASAP Cambodia and ASAP Southeast Asia. The conference, titled “Building Thoughtful Collaborations to Help Overcome Regional Problems of Poverty,” focused on sustainable development in developing countries. ASAP President Thomas Pogge was […]
ASAP West Africa held its first public event on January 27th at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. About 800-1000 people attended the symposium, titled “Political Campaigns Funding and the Looming Tsunami of Poverty.” Dr. Akin Oyebode, Professor of Law at University of Lagos, delivered the keynote address in which he spoke about politics, corruption […]