IGC Preparation Kit (IGC 37)

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) meets several times a year in Geneva.

This page provides the most relevant documents and materials to help participants prepare for the upcoming session – including for consultations with indigenous peoples, local communities and other stakeholders.

The Thirty-Seventh Session of the IGC (August 27 to 31, 2018) will address traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

Key background materials

  • IGC Mandate 2018/2019 PDF, Mandate of the IGC
  • Background brief No. 1: Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property PDF, Background brief on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
  • Background brief No. 2: The WIPO IGC PDF, Background brief on the IGC
  • Background brief No. 3: Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs PDF, Background brief on develoment of national strategy on IP, TK, TCEs and GRs
  • Background brief No. 4: Intellectual Property and Arts Festivals PDF, Background brief on develoment of national strategy on IP, TK, TCEs and GRs
  • Background brief No. 5: Intellectual Property and Traditional Handicrafts PDF, Background brief on Intellectual Property and Arts Festivals
  • Background brief No. 6: Intellectual Property and Traditional Medical Knowledge PDF, Background brief on Intellectual Property and Traditional Medical Knowledge
  • Background brief No. 7: Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge PDF, Background brief on Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge
  • Background brief No. 8: Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources PDF, Background brief on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes Related to Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources
  • Background brief No. 9: Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions PDF, Background brief on documentation of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions
  • Documenting Traditional Knowledge: A Toolkit
  • Protect and Promote Your Culture:  A Practical Guide to Intellectual Property for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Informal information session

At preparatory informal information sessions, the WIPO secretariat provides member state representatives in Geneva with information on the key issues under discussion at each upcoming IGC session, as well as on practical arrangements.

The informal information session for IGC 37 will take place at WIPO Headquarters (Room NB 0.107) on August 21, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

Preparation kits of previous IGC sessions