WIPO Folklore Committee Stuck in Starting Blocks; Indigenous Peoples Wave UN Declaration
IP Watch, 9 July 2012

Traditional Cultural Expressions Talks Back on Track at WIPO
IP Watch, 10 July 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The opening day of the 22nd session of the WIPO Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) was mostly spent on informal consultations, as delegates could not reach consensus on the agenda, particularly the item on the future work of the IGC. Developing countries said that the discussion on future work of the IGC was not in the mandate of the IGC and remained the prerogative of the WIPO General Assembly. Developing countries said the item would divert attention from the meeting’s focus on the protection of traditional cultural expressions. An agreement was found the following day, to refer to the agenda item as “Expression of use on future matters concerning the IGC.” At the outset, the indigenous panel reminded delegates of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and called for considerations of the Declaration during the week’s negotiations.

The working methodology will combine plenary and informal sessions. A group of experts will meet in informal sessions, composed of a maximum of five experts from regional groups. Other member states will be permitted to sit in but will have no direct speaking right. Indigenous people are invited to provide one expert to participate in the expert group as an observer. Read the article of 9 July 2012 … Read the article of 10 July 2012 …

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