Least Developed Countries

Developing countries are far from being homogeneous, a fact which is self-evident but often forgotten. There are differences among them in their scientific and technical capacities as well as in their social and economic structures, and in their inequalities of income and wealth. In the light of the above the Least Developed Countries Program in WIPO was established pursuant to the expressed desire of the Member States that a more focussed program catering to the particular needs and aspirations of Least Developed Countries was required to assist them effectively in using the intellectual property system for their economic, social and cultural development. The program focuses on assisting Least Developed Countries’ governments to put in place policies for using the intellectual property system to their best advantage by developing and strengthening the creative potential and inventive capacity of their people.

The program also formulates and promotes development assistance activities and projects commensurate with the needs and priorities set by individual Least Developed Countries, carrying out studies, research and other activities and provide advisory services to governments. It also develops and executes programs of technical cooperation activities with other WIPO sectors, departments and offices of the United Nations and specialized agencies and other intergovernmental organizations.

Least Developed Countries