( Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand)
The 12th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum,
ReCalling the APPF Resolution on infectious diseases (APPF9/Res/Pol/);
Noting the growing interdependence and deepening of globalization in the International community;
Concerned that infectious disease have endangered socio-economic development and have become one of the world’s main security threats, as evidenced by SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and HIV/AIDS, along with terrorism and weapons of mass destruction;
Reaffirming the important role of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the global specialized organization to promote health, security and the need for international collaboration to fight against existing and emerging infectious diseases;
Considering that under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement), the parties to the Agreement formalized in August 2003, can allow the production of patented medicines in cases of public health emergency.
Considering that HIV/AIDS eradication is
one of the Millennium Development Goals defined by the United Nations;
Welcoming the APEC Action Plan on SARS endorsed by the APEC Health Ministers meeting in Bangkok on 28 June 2003 as a timely response in the Asia Pacific Region to address the impact of SARS and establish common co-operative actions and mechanisms to prevent the spread of SARS and other emerging infectious diseases in and across the region;
Convinced by the connection between poverty and dissemination of infectious diseases;
Convinced that public education is an essential factor in the prevention of disease as a long term solution to pandemics, along with the availability of medicines and treatments.
Noting that APPF member countries consider that infectious diseases in bio-terrorism weapons is inhumane.