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Bridging the Genomics Divide

Bridging the Genomics Divide Global Governance 9 (2003), 1–6 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Bridging the Genomics Divide Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Abdallah Daar & Peter Singer n a time of profound interdependence and amazing technological developments, one could imagine a better quality of life for the I majority of the world’s people. And yet, growing gaps exist between rich and poor, between peoples of the North and the South. We are now on the verge of a new divide. With the release of The Report of the Advisory Committee on Health Research on Genomics and World Health by the World Health Organization, attention will turn to growing inequities in the distribution of benefits from genome-related biotech- nologies. An appropriate response by the world community—govern- ments, citizens, and experts from industry and academia—would be to foster global dialogue and provide a forum for shaping the necessary governance framework through a commission on genomics and global health. Technology is a powerful tool for development. The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2001: Making New Technologies Work for Human Development makes the case that technologies present boundless opportunities for those who create them but often end up shaping a world of inequity. With the introduction of information technologies, our http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-00901002
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Abstract

Global Governance 9 (2003), 1–6 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Bridging the Genomics Divide Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Abdallah Daar & Peter Singer n a time of profound interdependence and amazing technological developments, one could imagine a better quality of life for the I majority of the world’s people. And yet, growing gaps exist between rich and poor, between peoples of the North and the South. We are now on the verge of a new divide. With the release of The Report of the Advisory Committee on Health Research on Genomics and World Health by the World Health Organization, attention will turn to growing inequities in the distribution of benefits from genome-related biotech- nologies. An appropriate response by the world community—govern- ments, citizens, and experts from industry and academia—would be to foster global dialogue and provide a forum for shaping the necessary governance framework through a commission on genomics and global health. Technology is a powerful tool for development. The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2001: Making New Technologies Work for Human Development makes the case that technologies present boundless opportunities for those who create them but often end up shaping a world of inequity. With the introduction of information technologies, our

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2003

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