About Third World Network (TWN)
TWN is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to sustainable development, the South and North-South relations.
It was set up in 1984 with the objective to promote the interests and perspectives of the South by conducting research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South; publishing books and periodicals; organising and participating in meetings; and providing a platform to broadly represent Southern interests and perspectives at international fora and processes such as the United Nations.
TWN's international secretariat is based in Penang, Malaysia, with offices in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Geneva (Switzerland). There are regional secretariats in Montevideo, Uruguay (for Latin America) and Accra, Ghana (for Africa). TWN has affiliated organisations in several developing countries and also cooperates with a number of organisations in developed countries.
About TWN News
Among TWN’s activities is to disseminate information on the various issues it is working on through the TWN News information service. This is a free service that sends out news, reports of meetings attended/organized, research reports and other announcements to NGOs, government officials, research institutions/universities, media and individuals around the world.
The topics covered are:
Intellectual Property Rights
Free Trade Agreements
Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge