WIPO logo

      DATE: March 21, 1997




Thirty-Seventh Session (10th Extraordinary)

Geneva, March 18 and 19, 1997


adopted by the Coordination Committee

In accordance with the decision taken by the WIPO Coordination Committee (hereinafter referred to as "the Coordination Committee") at its Thirty-Sixth Session (27th Ordinary) in October 1996 (see document WO/CC/XXXVI/6, paragraph 6), the Coordination Committee was convened to meet at the headquarters of WIPO on March 18 and 19, 1997.

The meeting was opened and presided over by the Chairman of the Coordination Committee, Mr. Wilhelm Höynck (Germany).

The following member States of the Coordination Committee were represented at the meeting: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia (66).

The following States were represented in an observer capacity: Algeria, Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chad, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Eritrea, Gabon, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Slovakia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arabe Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Yemen (41).


The Coordination Committee adopted its agenda as proposed in document WO/CC/XXXVII/1.

Nomination to the Post of Director General

The Chairman drew the attention of delegates to document WO/CC/XXXVII/2 ("Nominations Received for the Post of Director General of WIPO"), in which were set out the nominations of the following ten persons which had been received by the Chairman by agreed deadline of January 31, 1997:

The Chairman announced that he had received an official communication from the Government of Finland withdrawing the candidacy of Mr. Jukka Liedes.

The Chairman then introduced the "Chairman's Understanding" (document WO/CC/XXXVII/3, herewith referred to as "the Chairman's Understanding"), which set out procedures for the nomination by the Coordination Committee of a candidate for Director General. The Chairman's Understanding was adopted by the Coordination Committee.

The Delegation of Slovenia made the following statement:

"We note with some regret that the adopted procedure, however practical it may be, does not take into account our views.

The Delegation of Morocco stated that it wished it to be recorded in the Report that its preference had been for the choice of a single candidate in the "straw poll" envisaged in paragraph III.1 of the Chairman's Understanding. The Delegation did not understand why it had been decided that a first and a second choice should be marked on the list of candidates in the "straw poll," since it, like other delegations, had received instructions for a single candidate.

The Delegation of the Philippines stated that it shared the views expressed by the Delegation of Morocco.

In accordance with paragraph III.1 of the Chairman's Understanding the "straw poll" was then conducted.

The meeting was adjourned after the announcement of the results of the "straw poll."

Following the resumption of the meeting, the Delegation of China made the following statement:

The Delegation of Zambia stated that it had decided to withdraw the candidacy of Mr. Ray A. Zikonda.

The Delegation of Mexico thanked delegations for the support given to Mr. Jorge Amigo in the "straw poll." The Delegation was convinced that Mr. Amigo fulfilled all the requirements for the important post of Director General but, on the request of Mr. Amigo himself, the Delegation was withdrawing the candidacy of Mr. Amigo.

In accordance with paragraph III.2 of the Chairman's Understanding, the first formal vote was then conducted on the five remaining candidates.

The Chairman announced the results of the first formal vote and declared that participation in additional votes would be restricted to the following four candidates: Mr. Carlos Fernández-Ballesteros (Uruguay), Mr. Kamil Idris (Sudan), Mr. Jacques Michel (France) and Mr. Shozo Uemura (Japan).

The meeting was then adjourned.

Following the resumption of the meeting in the evening of March 18, the Delegation of Japan made the following statement:

The meeting was then adjourned.

Following the resumption of the meeting, in the afternoon of March 19, the Delegation of Uruguay stated that Mr. Carlos Fernández-Ballesteros had requested it to withdraw his candidacy. The Delegation stated that Mr. Fernández-Ballesteros had asked it to express his thanks to the delegations that had supported him in the voting process. He was withdrawing his candidacy in order to contribute to a quick and easy election. The Delegation was withdrawing the candidacy, however, on the understanding that the Chairman's Understanding would not be changed and that a candidate for the post of Director General of WIPO would be nominated on March 19, 1997, by the Coordination Committee according to the Chairman's Understanding, that is, that, if there was no consensus, voting would be conducted until a decision was taken. The Delegation requested that this procedure be followed in the most expeditious manner and in accordance with the agreed procedures. The Delegation of Uruguay stressed that Mr. Fernández-Ballesteros was a civil servant with a long international experience and with large experience inside WIPO. He had made tremendous efforts for all the member States of WIPO and would continue to regard it as a great honor to work for WIPO. He was available to the Organization and its member States to do whatever was necessary to accomplish the lofty objectives of WIPO.

The Delegation of Swaziland expressed its sense of gratitude to the Delegation of Uruguay and its candidate. The Delegation stated that the withdrawal of the candidacy of Mr. Fernández-Ballesteros was a clear way of showing a sense of unity and of showing that WIPO was an organization with member States which displayed a sense of responsibility and hope. The Organization was not a tower of Babel, but rather an Organization committed to the service of the common interests of humanity.

The meeting was then adjourned and resumed in the evening of March 19, 1997.

The Chairman announced that consultations had not yielded a consensus and that, in accordance with paragraph III.3 of the Chairman's Understanding, a vote would be conducted between the two remaining candidates, Mr. Kamil Idris and Mr. Jacques Michel.

The Delegation of Canada read the following statement which it announced had been unanimously adopted by all members of Group B:

A vote by Secret Ballot was then conducted, following which the Chairman announced the following results:

The Chairman announced that Mr. Kamil Idris was nominated by the Coordination Committee as the candidate for appointment to the post of Director General of WIPO. The announcement was followed by acclamation.

The Delegation of Sri Lanka, speaking on behalf of the Asian Group, the Delegation of Côte d'Ivoire, speaking on behalf of the African Group, the Delegation of Canada, speaking on behalf of Group B, the Delegation of Colombia, speaking on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean Group, the Delegation of Hungary, speaking on behalf of the Central European and Baltic Countries and the Delegations of China, Paraguay, the Russian Federation, Sudan and Swaziland all expressed their congratulations to Mr. Kamil Idris on his nomination and expressed the hope and the belief that WIPO would go from strength to strength under the leadership of Mr. Idris. They also stated that their respective Groups and Delegations would extend full cooperation to Mr. Idris in his task of leading WIPO into the third millennium.

The same Delegations, on behalf of their respective Groups and Delegations, all expressed their gratitude to the Chairman and their admiration for the fair, transparent and tireless manner in which he had so ably conducted the very complex series of negotiations and the process leading to the nomination of Mr. Idris.

This report was unanimously adopted by the Coordination Committee on March 21, 1997.