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Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Portal

"Glwa", Heiltsuk canoe (UN Photo/John Isaac)

Links to resources for indigenous peoples and local communities.

Participating in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee (IGC)

The WIPO IGC is undertaking text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching agreement on a text (or texts) of an international legal instrument (or instruments) which will ensure the effective protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources.

WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program

Indigenous fellows work in WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division on issues relevant to indigenous peoples, including the IGC, WIPO’s outreach to indigenous peoples and local communities, WIPO’s cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program


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