World Intellectual Property Organization

External Relations Division

The External Relations Division is responsible for ensuring enhanced and more effective engagement of WIPO with the external community, and building partnerships to support the use of IP for development.


What we are trying to achieve

Our expected results in 2014/15 are:

  • WIPO effectively interacts and partners with UN and other IGO processes and negotiations.
  • Open, transparent and responsive interaction with non-governmental stakeholders.

These contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goal VIII: "a responsive communications interface between WIPO, its member states and all stakeholders."

What we do

Our activities include:

  • Strengthening WIPO’s relations with the UN and other key IGO partners and providing assistance and contributions to various UN processes;
  • Enhancing WIPO’s relations with non-governmental stakeholders and industry groups to promote effective two-way communication;
  • Developing partnerships with donors, development agencies and the private sector to support the use of IP for development.


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