World Intellectual Property Organization

Intergovernmental Committee (IGC)

The 2014 WIPO General Assembly did not make a decision on the work program of the IGC for 2015. Therefore, the calendar of the provisional dates for the principal committees and bodies of WIPO for 2015 does not include any IGC sessions.

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore is, in accordance with its mandate PDF, Mandate of the IGC, undertaking text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching agreement on a text(s) of an international legal instrument(s), which will ensure the effective protection of traditional knowledge (TK), traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and genetic resources (GRs).

Sessions of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee commence with indigenous panels - presentations by a panel of representatives of indigenous and local communities.

Delegates in discussions at the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore
WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). More IGC photos on Flickr.

Participating in the IGC

Information on accreditation of observers and financial support to participants through the WIPO Voluntary FundObserver document submissions on the protection of TK, TCEs and GRs.

Issues and consultations

Ongoing and archived consultations of IGC members and accredited observers. Key issues and gap analyses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.

IGC and TK updates

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Other IGC resources

PDF, IGC background brief

Background brief

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PDF, Practical guide for observers

Guide for observers

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PDF, Making an intervention in the IGC

Making an intervention

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