Traditional Knowledge Division

The Traditional Knowledge Division is responsible for facilitating the text-based negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) and for providing, upon request, technical assistance and capacity-building.

The Division is part of the Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges.

Our activities include:

  • Facilitating the text-based negotiations in the WIPO IGC;
  • Offering, upon request, specialized capacity-building programs and legal-technical assistance at local, national and regional levels;
  • Developing and making available various publications and materials and maintaining practical databases; and
  • Working closely with other international organizations.


Further details available in the latest Program and Budget Report.