WIPO Assemblies Provide Direction for Future Work, Director General Welcomes Positive Engagement of Member States on Substantive Issues
WIPO press release, 5 October 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The WIPO General Assembly, at its 40th (20th ordinary) session that took place from 26 September to 5 October 2011 decided to renew the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for the 2012-2013 biennium. In renewing the mandate, delegations welcomed the progress made by the IGC in the last biennium, especially on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions and endorsed the decision reached at the IGC’s last session to renew the body’s mandate.  Many delegations looked forward to a continuation of the progress in the next biennium, and recognized that much work remained to be done. Some delegations – notably the African Group and other developing countries – expressed disappointment at the comparatively slow progress on the genetic resources item and called for text-based negotiations on this issue. A number of delegations expressed the hope that a text of an international legal instrument would be ready by September 2012, so that the General Assembly can take a decision on convening a diplomatic conference. Many delegations emphasized the importance of the participation of indigenous and local communities in the work of the IGC, and commended Australiafor its generous contribution (100,000 Australian dollars) to the WIPO Voluntary Fund. Read the press release … Download the decision of renewal of the IGC’s mandate [pdf] … Download the schedule for upcoming IGC sessions for the 2012-2013 biennium [pdf] …