World Intellectual Property Organization

Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO: Fifty-Fourth Series of Meetings

September 22 to 30, 2014

The Fifty-Fourth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO (the 2014 WIPO Assemblies) will take place from September 22 to 30, 2014, at the headquarters of WIPO.  The sessions will be webcasted.

Online registration

Resources

  • Agenda| Meeting documents
  • Practical Guide for Delegates PDF, WIPO Assemblies 2014 - Practical Guide
  • Map PDF, Hotels (UN preferential rates)
  • Hotels (UN preferential rates) PDF, Hotels (UN preferential rates)
  • WIPO Assemblies 2013 - Synthesis of decisions PDF, WIPO Assemblies 2013, Synthesis of Decisions

Registration of Delegates and Credentials

Delegates from capitals (whether financed or not) as well as those based in Geneva are kindly requested to register online by September 9, 2014.

The submission of credentials is required for completion of the online registration form. The credential document can be easily uploaded online.

Any questions or comments on the online registration procedure may be addressed to assemblies.registration@wipo.int.

A provisional list of participants will be distributed on the first day of the Assemblies, updated on the basis of the online registrations received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Conduct of Sessions and Method of Work

Requests to take the floor

Delegations wishing to take the floor on any agenda item are strongly encouraged to send their requests in advance (in particular for Agenda Item 5 – General Statements), preferably up to the day preceding the discussions on the item.

They may send their requests to assemblies@wipo.int or complete a Speaking Request Form which they may obtain from the WIPO Conference staff during the Assemblies.

Delegates may also request the floor during the discussions.

Interpretation

Simultaneous interpretation will be available during plenary meetings to and from English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, as well as Portuguese (passive).

In order to ensure the highest quality of interpretation for the benefit of the speakers and of all delegations, interpreters should receive prepared statements (even if in draft form) ahead of their oral delivery. This is particularly important for longer statements, such as General Statements under Agenda Item 5.

Prepared statements can be sent as early as possible, at the latest on the morning of their delivery, to Ms. Christina Fertis, Chief Interperter (christina.fertis@wipo.int) or given by hand to the WIPO Conference staff. Prior to being delivered, the statements will be made available only to interpreters in order to assist them in faithfully transmitting the message of delegates.

General Statements (Agenda Item 5)

General Statements are expected to occupy the first two days of the Assemblies. 

As per previous practice and in order to minimize the need for night sessions, General Statements should be orally delivered in a maximum of five minutes by group coordinators on behalf of their members (approximately 500 to 650 words at normal pace) or within three minutes by individual country delegates (approximately 300 to 390 words). 

A display system will assist delegates to adhere to the time limitation. If a statement cannot be delivered at a normal speaking pace within the indicated time limits, it should be orally summarized and the full version may be submitted in writing to the Secretariat (assemblies@wipo.int). In the interests of time, delegations may also opt for submitting their entire General Statement in writing and not taking the floor.

Each General Statement submitted in writing to the Secretariat will be posted on the WIPO web site after delivery and will be reproduced in its entirety in the report circulated on the last day of the Assemblies, which will include General Statements not delivered orally.

Documentation

As a positive contribution to a carbon-free environment and as a cost-saving measure, Assemblies documents are being published on the WIPO web site only. They are posted in all official languages, as they become available.  Hard copies of documents will not be transmitted in advance unless specifically requested. Delegates are strongly encouraged to come to the meetings with pre-printed copies of documents and/or to use portable computers/devices.

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