Common Heritage or Sovereign Resource? The World Health Organization's Inconsistent Approach to Pathogen Sharing

Mark Eccleston-Turner, Michelle Rourke

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This chapter explores the development of the common heritage of humankind, common concern of humankind and sovereign genetic resources in the context of pathogen sharing and the tension inherent with trying to comply with the CBD and Nagoya Protocol while also attempting to encourage multilateralism for dealing with pathogens and global public health. The chapter concludes that a new Pandemic Treaty is an opportune time to start thinking creatively about how the international community ought to treat pathogenic genetic resources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAccess and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources, Information and Traditional Knowledge
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000729597
ISBN (Print)9781032295251
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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