Knowledge and products derived from research constitute an important global public good which should serve to improve health for all people. Despite unprecedented advances in knowledge, huge investments in R&D globally and the impressive improvements in health outcomes in the past century, major challenges and barriers remain to ensure that these benefits are equitably distributed, especially to those populations living in the developing world. Three major challenges will be described which relate to ethical conduct, transparency and accountability, and barriers to equitable access. If progress in science represents the bright side, these three issues represent the 'dark side of the moon' which may be illuminated through a better understanding of the contributing factors, and a more enlightened, inclusive and collective governance framework which gives a voice and a say to all interested players. International cooperation, in particular, is a critical element in ensuring that a robust governance framework exists for dealing with this major issue on the international agenda. In particular, and in the context of institutional roles and international cooperation, the roles and responsibilities of the World Health Organization will be addressed.
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Tikki Pang, Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization, Co-Chair, S.T. Lee Project on Global Health Governance
- Monday, 27 September 2010
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road