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"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

 

Events, Publications and Documents

  • Indigenous panel: Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge: Sharing Indigenous and Local Community Experiences and Perspectives (May 30, 2016) PDF, Flyer on indigenous panel on IP, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge: Sharing Indigenous and Local Community Experiences and Perspectives (May 30, 2016)
  • Indigenous perspectives on the negotiations underway at WIPO (WIPO side event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - May 12, 2016) PDF, Flyer on Indigenous perspectives on the negotiations underway at WIPO
  • Indigenous panel: Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge: Indigenous and Local Community Perspectives (February 15, 2016) PDF, Flyer on indigenous panel on IP, traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources
  • Practical workshop for Indigenous Peoples and local communities on intellectual property and traditional knowledge (Geneva, December 3 to 5, 2014)
  • Indigenous perspectives on recent developments in the WIPO negotiations on IP and traditional knowledge (WIPO side event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - May 20, 2014) PDF, Flyer on the IPO side event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Indigenous perspectives on WIPO negotiations on IP and traditional knowledge
  • Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions: An Overview
  • Background Briefs on Selected Topics
  • WIPO Traditional Knowledge Documentation Toolkit
  • Customary Law and Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights
  • Traditional Knowledge Documentation and IP (WIPO side event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - May 21, 2013)
  • WIPO presentation at United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (May 10, 2012)

 

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