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WIPO Assemblies Aim to Advance Norm-Setting, Amid Governance Questions

Posted September 29, 2014

Under International Trade Issues

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The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) annual high-level meetings kicked off on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, with this year’s Assemblies set to tackle a broad range of issues facing the 187-member organisation, particularly in the area of norm-setting.

In his opening speech on Monday, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry acknowledged that progress in the organisation’s norm-setting efforts had slowed over the past year. In this vein, he urged countries to agree on “concrete schedules of work that will guide the Organization towards successful completion of the mature projects” that have been under discussion for several years.

These include, among others, a proposed design law treaty; an agreement aimed at the protection of broadcasting organisations; and legal instrument(s) protecting traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources. Read more here.