The International Symposium on Geographical Indications is organized every other year by WIPO in cooperation with an interested Member State. It brings together representatives of Member States’ administrations, producers of GI products and specialists in the field of geographical indications. The Symposium is a forum for an exchange of ideas and views on various issues relating to the use and protection of geographical indications. The Symposium will offer insights into the technicalities of the subject and it is expected that it will contribute to the ongoing debate on geographical indications at the national and international levels. WIPO, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property of Peru (INDECOPI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru jointly organize the 2011 Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications, in Lima, Peru, from June 22 to 24.