World Intellectual Property Organization

IGC Preparation Kit (IGC 27)

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 next session – including for consultations with indigenous peoples, local communities and other stakeholders.

The twenty-seventh session of the IGC (March 24 to April 4, 2014) focuses on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

Key background materials

  • IGC Mandate 2014/2015 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 WIPO IGC
  • Background brief No. 3: Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs PDF, Background brief on Developing a National Strategy on IP and TK, TCEs and GRs
  • Background brief No. 7: Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge PDF, Background brief on Customary Law and Traditional Knowledge
  • Background brief No. 9: Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions PDF, Background brief on Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • TK and TCEs – Certain suggested cross-cutting issues (EN PDF, TK and TCEs – Certain suggested cross-cutting issues | AR PDF, TK and TCEs – Certain suggested cross-cutting issues (Arabic version) | ZH PDF, TK and TCEs – Certain suggested cross-cutting issues (Chinese version) | RU PDF, TK and TCEs – Certain suggested cross-cutting issues (Russian version))
  • Minding Culture: Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions PDF, Minding Culture: Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions

See also the Chair's information document Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Certain Suggested Cross-Cutting Issues. The summary of documents provides a short explanation of the session’s documents.

Informal information session

At preparatory informal information sessions, the WIPO secretariat provides member states' 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 27 took place at:
WIPO Headquarters (Room AB 13.1) on March 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

  • Presentation slides PDF, Presentation slides of the IGC informal information session

View the video of the March 14 session.

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