Attachment 1 to Tsukuba Communiqué:
G7 follow-up workshop on mapping, coordination
and joint activities in the field of NTDs and PRDs

G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, May 17, 2016
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See also Communiqué and Attachment 2


- Recommendations to the G7 science ministers meeting in Tsukuba, 15-17 May, 2016

Preamble

The G7 Science Ministers have recognised the need for constructive R&D cooperation in the global fight against poverty-related infectious diseases (PRDs) and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)[1] and declared in the communiqué of their meeting on October 8 & 9, 2015 in Berlin:

To this end, the G7 members held a follow up workshop in spring 2016 aimed at implementing the actions decided upon at the 2015 Science Ministerial and deciding on the next concrete steps. The workshop took place on March 23, 2016 in Berlin and was preceded by a technical preparatory meeting on January 27 and 28, 2016 in Brussels. During the workshop, the G7 delegates decided upon a series of actions to present to the G7 Science Ministers during their meeting on May 15-17, 2016 in Tsukuba.

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1) Recommendations to the G7-science and technology ministers with regard to better mapping of global health R&D on PRDs/NTDs as a basis for informed policy-making and coordinated research activities

Currently, it remains a challenge to keep up with the latest data on R&D activities and funding. The G7 Science Ministers have recognised the need and benefits of sharing information and data on national R&D activities and public financing of such R&D activities. Analysis of data should enable the G7 to identify R&D gaps and needs, capacities and expertise, and in turn facilitate informed policy-making. Current limitations include insufficient data availability and insufficient ability to compare across platforms and datasets. Additionally, data collection and analysis mapping of R&D activities and financing may be driven by different objectives (e.g., for informed policy-making and priority setting, for coordinated research activities, for exploiting synergies and creating critical masses).

To enable better mapping of global health R&D on PRDs/NTDs the G7 members should:

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II) Recommendations to the G7 science and technology ministers with regard to better coordination of R&D efforts and joint research activities on PRDs/NTDs

The G7 delegates recognized that R&D for PRDs/NTDs is supported and coordinated through a number of technical and policy fora.

To improve coordination of R&D within the G7, G7 members should:

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III Recommendations to the G7 science ministers for implementation of the actions arising from the recommendations above.

The G7 members should maintain the focus on mapping, coordination and joint actions in the field of PRDs and NTDs. To this end, the working group that informed the March 23, 2016 workshop and January 27 and 28, 2016 technical preparatory meeting should continue to meet.

The working group should:

For 2017/18 Germany and the European Commission volunteer to take the task to assure operability of the working group in cooperation with the respective presiding country by providing secretarial support. The next meeting is planned for autumn 2016.


[1] NTDs in the scope of this document are the 17 neglected tropical diseases as prioritized by WHO PRDs in the scope of this document are HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria as well as lower respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases which constitute high disease burdens to low and middle income countries.


Source: Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

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