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For global public good

Published: Tuesday 15 April 2003

GpgNet provides a forum for researchers and policymakers to exchange information and discuss issues relating to the emerging concept of global public goods (GPG). What is that? you may ask. GPG can be broadly described as resources or services that have a fairly universal impact: on a large number of countries, environments, people or even on several generations.

GPG broadly include knowledge, international rules to address issues such as infectious diseases affecting humans and plants, the use of GM crops and the institutions that monitor and enforce these regimes. As the name suggests the benefits of GPG are shared among countries. It is therefore critical to ensure that no one country or group of nations hogs these resources and that all nations have an incentive to participate in the prevention of contagious diseases, the preservation of biodiversity and other international issues requiring close cooperation.

GpgNet offers comprehensive information on the topic including previous and ongoing research, media reactions and commentaries, and international initiatives. The detailed research section is sure to satisfy even specific queries on the subject. The web site is hosted by the Office of Development Studies of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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