Thirty-Seventh Session (10th Extraordinary)
Geneva, March 18 and 19, 1997
memorandum of the Chairman of the Coordination Committee
At its meeting in September 1996, the WIPO Coordination Committee adopted the following decision concerning the procedural steps for the appointment of a new Director General in 1997:
"(i) On October 15, 1996, the Chairman of the Coordination Committee sends a circular to all Member States, inviting them to propose one or more nationals as a candidate or as candidates for the post of Director General of WIPO.
"(ii) The deadline for the submission of candidatures will be January 31, 1997.
"(iii) The Chairman of the Coordination Committee, with the collaboration of the International Bureau, communicates the various nominations to all the Member States immediately on receiving them. Immediately following the deadline for submission of candidatures, he shall communicate to the Member States, in one consolidated communication, all nominations received.
"(iv) The Coordination Committee meets in extraordinary session on March 18 and 19, 1997, at the headquarters of WIPO, to nominate the candidate for the post of Director General who is to be appointed by the General Assembly.
"(v) The decision of the Coordination Committee is notified to all the Member States by the Chairman of the Committee immediately after the decision has been made.
"(vi) The General Assembly of WIPO and the Assemblies of the Paris and Berne Unions will have on their agenda for the 1997 ordinary sessions, to be held between September 22 and October 1, 1997, an item entitled 'Appointment of the Director General'."
In accordance with the above-mentioned decision, the Chairman of the Coordination Committee sent, on October 15, 1996, a circular to all Member States of WIPO inviting them to propose one or more nationals as a candidate or as candidates for the post of Director General of WIPO.
The nominations of the following persons, listed in alphabetical order, were received by the Chairman of the Coordination Committee and each was communicated, following its receipt, to the Member States of WIPO:
Mr. Jorge Amigo (Mexico)
Mr. François Curchod (Switzerland)
Mr. Carlos Fernández-Ballesteros (Uruguay)
Mr. Gao Lulin (China)
Mr. Kamil Idris (Sudan)
Mr. Jukka Liedes (Finland)
Mr. Jacques Michel (France)
Mr. Bojan Pretnar (Slovenia)
Mr. Shozo Uemura (Japan)
Mr. Ray A. Zikonda (Zambia)
The Annex to this document sets out the text of the letter of transmittal of each of the above-mentioned candidatures, together with the curriculum vitae of the corresponding candidate.