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

September 24 to October 2, 2018

The Fifty-Eighth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO will take place at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Delegates from capitals (whether financed or not) as well as those based in Geneva are kindly requested to register online by September 7, 2018, and upload their credentials (Note Verbale, official letter or document from a competent authority in a WIPO Member State or Observer Organization).

Online registration is required to obtain the official conference (admission) badge.

Contact us for any questions or comments on the online registration.


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Delegates attending the WIPO Assemblies
Delegates attending the WIPO Assemblies. More photos of the WIPO Assemblies on Flickr. (Photo: WIPO).

Duration of Sessions

Sessions will run between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  If necessary, night sessions (from 7 p.m. onwards) will be organized.  Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will not take place over the weekend.

Requests to Take the Floor

Delegations wishing to take the floor on any agenda item are strongly encouraged to send their requests to at least one day in advance (in particular for Agenda Item 5 – General Statements).

Delegates may also request to take the floor directly during discussions.

General Statements (Agenda Item 5)

General Statements are expected to occupy the first day and part of the second day 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 or within three minutes by individual country delegates. 

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 (  In the interest of time, delegations may also opt to submit their entire General Statement in writing and not take the floor. 

Each General Statement submitted in writing to the Secretariat will be posted on the WIPO website after delivery.  All statements, including those not delivered orally, will be reproduced in their entirety in the extensive report.


As a positive contribution to a carbon-free environment and as a cost-saving measure, Assemblies documents are being published on the WIPO website only.  They are posted in all official languages, as they become available.

Hard copies of documents will not be sent 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.


In order to ensure the highest quality of interpretation, interpreters should be provided with prepared statements (even if only 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 Interpreter ( 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.