Intellectual property and investment in public health


UNCTAD contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by:

  • Building capacity in developing countries on the use of appropriate investment and intellectual property (IP) frameworks to promote partnerships and the transfer of emerging technologies, e.g. pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, clean energy, information and communication technologies.
  • Advising developing countries on:

    • The role of investment and IP policies on emerging technologies.

    • IP implications of big data solutions and artificial intelligence and the application to public health.

  • Promoting cooperation on investment to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), considering the specific situation in developing countries and the need to prevent stockouts of essential generic antimicrobial treatments.

The UNCTAD Secretariat implements a work programme on the development dimensions of intellectual property (IP) rights in response to a mandate  from Member States at the Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya (2016), and requests in the WIPO Development Agenda and the World Health Assembly´s Resolution 61.21 on a Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

The IP programme conducts research and analysis on trade and development aspects of IP, provides request-based technical assistance and facilitates consensus-building in international discussions on issues at the interface of investment and intellectual property.

How to work with us

We offer collaboration for our capacity building and training programme, technical discussions and consensus building on intellectual property, technology transactions, and sustainable development. 

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Request for training and advisory services

UNCTAD provides technical assistance to governments upon request by government agencies and depending on the availability of resources. Please contact us for further information.

Development partners and donor agencies

UNCTAD provides a unique approach that considers investment, private sector development and technology, and the role intellectual property rights play, in an integrated manner and with a focus on enhancing productive capacity, generating employment and reversing brain drain from developing countries. It works with regional and international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

Contact us if you seek to jointly implement projects for capacity building, improving the policy and legal framework in developing countries, regional trade partnerships and to build consensus at international level on intellectual property and sustainable development.

Academia and civil society

UNCTAD provides a global case law database consists of judicial decisions from all jurisdictions on intellectual property and public case.

Contact us if you would like to contribute to the database, or to involve UNCTAD in intellectual property policy and capacity building.


Case Law Database

Case Law Database: Intellectual Property and Public Health

Intellectual Property and Public Health