Costa Rica Current Affairs - 2020

WHO launches COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP)

The Costa Rica and World Health Organization have launched C-TAP. C-TAP is COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.

Highlights

The C-TAP will act as an one-stop shop for information, scientific knowledge and intellectual property for global community. Around 30 countries, institutions and international partners have signed to support C-TAP. It is an initiative that aims to make vaccines, tests, health technologies and treatments.

Background

The initiative was proposed by President of Costa Rica Mr Carlos Alvarado. The initiative will help to hasten the discovery of medicines, vaccines and other technologies that will help cure COVID-19.

Five Key Elements of the Pool

The five main elements of the pool include

  • public disclosure of gene sequences and data
  • governments and other funders that are encouraged to fund agreements with pharmaceutical companies
  • licensing potential vaccine
  • diagnostic treatment and other health technologies
  • promote innovative models.

University for Peace Confers Honorary Doctorate on Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was conferred Honorary Doctorate from the UN established University of Peace. The university has stated that the degree of “Doctor Honoris Causa”( Doctor of Philosophy) was conferred on the Indian Vice President recognising his contribution to the Rule of Law, democracy and sustainable development in India.

Shri. Venkaiah Naidu is the first Indian to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Peace.

University of Peace

The University of Peace was established in accordance with the Resolution 35/55 passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980. The main campus of the University of Peace is located in Costa Rica, a country of Central America.

The University of Peace aims to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world.

The stated mission of the University of Peace is to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting, among all human beings, the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.