Inter-sessional Intergovernmental Meeting on a Development Agenda for WIPO

Third Session, July 20 - 22, 2005

(Past sessions)

The third session of the IIM was held from July 20 to 22, 2005 and attended by 92 Member States, 10 IGOs and 34 NGOs. Four non-accredited NGOs were admitted to attend on the same basis, as above. The Report of the second session was adopted.

The IIM discussed the proposal presented by Bahrain (co-sponsored by Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) (document IIM/2/2) relating to the Importance of Intellectual Property in Social and Economic Development and National Development Programs. Morocco presented, on behalf of the African Group, a proposal entitled "The African Proposal for the Establishment of a Development Agenda for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)" (document IIM/3/2).

The International Bureau of WIPO introduced an information document on development cooperation activities (document WIPO/EDS/INF/1 , entitled "Information on WIPO's Development Cooperation Activities") carried out from January 2000 to June 2005. It was mentioned that the information would form part of a larger database, which would be accessible on the WIPO website.

The IIM had a useful exchange of views on a number of proposals, taken from a list derived from written submissions from Member States. However, the IIM did not have time to examine the said proposal of the African Group. It also considered and discussed proposals on the report of the IIM to the General Assembly, presented by the "Group of Friends", the United States of America and the African Group, but did not reach any consensus. The third session of the IIM was resumed on September 16, 2005, and adopted its report .