Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, will be participating in a special Partnerships Clinic organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) titled "Innovative partnerships to address research and treatments for Neglected Tropical Diseases." The Clinic is being help as part of the larger UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event titled "Partnering for innovating solutions for sustainable development."

When: 3:00 to 5:00 pm, 24 April 2013

Where: United Nations Headquarters, New York

More about the Clinic: WIPO will hold a Clinic on “Innovative partnerships to address research and treatments for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)”. WIPO Re:Search provides access to intellectual property (IP) for pharmaceutical compounds, technologies, and –most importantly– know-how and data available for research and development for neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria. By providing a searchable, public database of available intellectual property assets and resources, WIPO Re:Search facilitates new partnerships to support organizations that conduct research on treatments for neglected tropical diseases in that continent, ultimately improving the lives of those most in need. The Clinic will seek to address the challenge of identifying the critical steps needed to facilitate more partnerships for research into NTDs.

“Partnering for innovative solutions for sustainable development”
24 April 2013, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6.00 p.m., United Nations Headquarters, New York


The theme of the 2013 Economic and Social Council Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) that will take place during the Council’s High-level (Ministerial) segment will be “Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”.The AMR examines the progress made and the challenges to achieving the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


The special event will focus on how partnerships can help to sustain progress made to date in achieving the MDGs by applying/harnessing science, technology, innovation and the potential of culture, to achieving sustainable development. To that end, it will focus on the following questions:

• How can partnerships foster “inclusive” innovations to address developmental challenges in the areas of food and water security, clean and renewable energy, urbanization, effective health care delivery systems, better education systems, competitiveness and job creation?
• How can partnerships help to convert innovative ideas into business opportunities, especially in Africa?
• How to promote innovative technologies in both developed and developing countries, adapt them to local circumstances and deploy them to solve local, and even global, problems?  
• How can culture facilitate transition to more sustainable development?


The special event will be organized by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with WIPO, ITU, UNESCO, UNICEF, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the UN Global Compact, and the Global Partnerships Forum. It will be an all-day event, featuring policy dialogues in the morning and “partnerships clinics” in the afternoon. The event will commence with an opening plenary which will feature a keynote speaker. It will also feature a closing plenary with a keynote address by an eminent personality.


The audience will include Ambassadors and representatives of Member States, senior officials of the United Nations system, leaders from the private sector and foundations, civil society and academia.


The key outcomes of the special event will be to provide increased focus to issues central to the achievement of promoting science, technology, innovation and culture through:  

• Broadening the range of stakeholders, in particular the private sector, foundations and academia in the work of ECOSOC as well as increasing the awareness among potential partners of the remaining challenges to achieving the MDGs;
• Promoting concrete initiatives and new partnerships for addressing the questions outlined above;
• Identifying new trends that can help accelerate the achievement of the MDGs and that can help spur solutions for transition to sustainable development.  

A summary of the meeting’s deliberations will be prepared for the ECOSOC President, which will capture the key messages from the discussions and which will serve as an input to the Council’s High-level segment in July 2013. 


Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Event Location: 
United Nations Headquarters, New York