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Priti Patnaik

Independent Journalist & Researcher

Geneva, Swizterland

Priti Patnaik

I am a financial journalist, and a researcher in international development.

Geneva. New York. New Delhi.

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Battle for Access to Medicines Takes Centre Stage at WHO

From prohibitive cancer drugs to making resources available to fight microbial drug resistance, or getting access to timely diagnostics – access issues are the cornerstone for equitable health systems worldwide.
The Wire, India Link to Story
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WHO Priorities Likely to Be Constrained by Finances

Irrespective of all the ambitions for the future and earnest intentions to reform the administration, ultimately it will be financing that will dictate how far WHO can go.
The Wire, India Link to Story
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WHO Gets to Work: 2018 a Litmus Test for New Team

Ambitious priorities, strained budgets and a changing political order dominate the World Health Organisation’s upcoming annual executive board meet in Geneva
The Wire, India Link to Story
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Global Fund Elections: American influence in Global Health Politics

Peter Sands was elected the executive director of the financing organisation even though he did not have American support, perhaps indicating the country’s waning importance.
The Wire, India Link to Story
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American Offensive Against WTO’s Dispute Settlement System

The US has been blocking the appointment of ‘judges’ to WTO’s Appellate Body because of disagreements with both the procedure followed and some of the body’s rulings. This can have serious implications for the dispute settlement system in international trade.
The Wire, India Link to Story
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A New Administration Settles in at the WHO

A new team and new priorities are taking shape at WHO, but will the new director general engage with challenging issues or maintain status quo?
The Wire Link to Story
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Challenges Awaiting the Next WHO Chief

The 70th World Health Assembly saw the election of a new leader, a strong resolution on battling cancer and unexpected coalitions around access to medicines, among others
The Wire, India Link to Story
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WHO is Electing a New Leader. Here’s What’s at Stake

A look at member states’ considerations, candidates plans for the future of global public health management and contemporary issues for the WHO.
The Wire, India Link to Story
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US’s Inconsistent Policies on Pharma Could Compromise Global Access to Medication

A recently released UN report highlights international “policy incoherence” on medication, but the US has denounced its findings, signalling its unwillingness to institute reforms.
The Wire, India Link to Story
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Trade Experts: Financing Not IP Slows Down Adoption Of Clean Energy Technologies

Constraints on financing, restrictions on services and not so much access to technology emerged as one of the biggest challenges in the innovation, deployment and diffusion of clean energy technologies during an unusual session last week in Geneva which brought together climate scientists and trade policy wonks. Technologists and chemical engineers also came together to discuss how unlocking trade could help clean technologies in the context of the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change.
Intellectual Property Watch Link to Story
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Switzerland fears it will be a Brexit loser

If British voters decide to leave the EU this week, Switzerland will likely reap an influx of money from the City of London. who last week decided to withdraw their dormant 1992 application to join the European bloc — are more worried about the negative fallout from a Brexit than busy counting their potential gains.
Politico.eu Link to Story
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India Solar Dispute: Right Intent, Wrong Means

India’s solar dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) is being viewed as an important case given the implications it has for the rapid deployment and scale up of renewable energy globally. It is also drawing attention to whether international trade rules should be used to adjudicate on matters having wider implications beyond trade including for the environment, energy security and socio-economic objectives of developing countries. And worryingly, the practice of discriminating in favour of domestic producers could potentially leave countries like India open to being challenged by investors.
The Wire, India Link to Story

About

Priti Patnaik

I am a financial journalist who also works in international development in Geneva.

During my 15 years in journalism, I have worked in Geneva, New York City and New Delhi. Outside of journalism, I have had stints at a trade law firm specializing in WTO disputes and at a UN public health organization in Geneva.

I have reported on public finance, India’s monetary policy and the financial sector, for the biggest economic newspapers in India, based out of Delhi. In New York, I reported on debt and bankruptcy in the immediate aftermath of the financial crises in different newsrooms. In Switzerland, I write on issues of banking secrecy, illicit financial flows, bilateral trade deals, intellectual property and the pharmaceutical industry.

I hold a master's degree in Business & Economic Reporting from New York University (2010) and a master's in Development Studies from The Graduate Institute in Geneva (2013). I also have a PG Diploma in broadcast journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (2003). I graduated with a bachelor's degree in science, majoring in microbiology, genetics and chemistry from Osmania University, Hyderabad (2002).

I look forward to opportunities in, not limited to, corporate responsibility, public health, environment and trade - areas where science, economics and law come together.

I am keen on opportunities that will not only utilize my journalistic skills in writing, editing and investigations but also give me scope to do development-related work.