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A snapshot of recent developments within the IGC

Recent developments in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

IGC 28

The Twenty-Eighth Session of the IGC is provisionally scheduled to take place from July 7 to 9, 2014, and will be a cross-cutting session involving the three thematic areas of the IGC’s work - genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. Delegates at IGC 28 will take stock of progress made by the IGC and will make a recommendation to the 2014 General Assembly.

IGC 27

The Twenty-Seventh Session of the IGC took place from March 24 to April 4, 2014, and addressed the themes of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

In accordance with the 2014 work program for the IGC, two days (Monday, March 24, 2014 and Monday, March 31, 2014) were set aside during the Session for the consideration of cross-cutting traditional knowledge/traditional cultural expressions issues.

At the close of the session, the Committee decided that the The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Draft Articles, Rev. 2 and The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions, Rev. 2, developed during the session, be transmitted to the 2014 General Assembly, subject to any agreed adjustments or modifications arising on cross cutting issues at IGC 28.

IGC 26

IGC 26 took place from February 3 to 7, 2014 and addressed the theme of genetic resources. It was the first session of the IGC under the 2014/2015 mandate PDF, Mandate of the IGC.

In accordance with the mandate, the session began with a half-day Ambassadorial/Senior Capital Based Official’s Meeting to share views on key policy issues relating to the negotiations, to further inform/guide the process.

At the close of the session, the Committee decided that the Consolidated Document relating to Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources Rev. 2, developed during the session, be transmitted to the 2014 General Assembly, subject to any agreed adjustments or modifications arising on cross cutting issues at IGC 28.

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