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WIPO Process Update

A Development Agenda for WIPO

In August 2004, Brazil, Argentina and 12 other developing countries tabled a proposal for a Development Agenda as part of the reform of WIPO, including an amendment to the WIPO Convention (1967), a reorientation of the content of present proposals in treaties now being negotiated at WIPO, the establishment of new pro-development treaties and a change in WIPO’s technical assistance activities. Co-sponsored by 14 countries, it was also supported from the floor by the Asian and African Groups and many individual developing countries. The WIPO General Assembly adopted a resolution for a “Development Agenda” at its 2004 Session. In the resolution, the General Assembly decided to convene inter-sessional intergovernmental meetings (IIM) to examine proposals from Member States and to prepare a report by 30 July 2005 for the consideration of the next General Assembly. Three Intersessional Intergovernmental Meetings on the Development Agenda were held in April, June and July 2005. The WIPO General Assembly, in its 2005 session held in September/October, decided to “constitute a Provisional Committee to take forward the IIM process to accelerate and complete the discussions on proposals relating to a WIPO Development Agenda and report with any recommendations to the General Assembly at its September 2006 Session.”
More Information on the Development Agenda

Statements and Proposals on the Development Agenda

The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) was created in 2001 by the WIPO General Assembly discuss intellectual property issues that arise in the context of access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing; protection of traditional knowledge; and the protection of expressions of folklore. The Ninth Session of IGC took place in Geneva, from 24-28 April 2006 and adopted decisions related to election of officers; adoption of the report of the eighth session: participation of indigenous and local communities: voluntary fund; traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore; traditional knowledge; genetic resources; and future work. The outcomes of the work of this Committee are central to the negotiation of the international regime on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing arrangements in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as to the decisions and implementation of the programme of work of Article 8j on indigenous and local communities.

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