The term of office of the Director General of WIPO will expire on September 30, 2020. Consequently, on September 30, 2019, in accordance with the constitutional provisions and procedures governing the nomination and appointment of Directors General of WIPO, Ambassador François Rivasseau, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations, in his capacity as Chair of the WIPO Coordination Committee, issued Note C. N 3926 inviting the Government of every State member of WIPO, if it so desired, to propose the name of one of its nationals as candidate for nomination by the WIPO Coordination Committee.
The submission of proposals for candidates for nomination to the post of Director General closed at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019.
On October 9, 2019, during the 59th Series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO, the WIPO General Assembly, the WIPO Coordination Committee and the Paris and Berne Union Assemblies approved new 2019 Procedures for the Nomination and Appointment of Directors General of WIPO.
In addition, Member States approved the convening of the following extraordinary sessions of the relevant bodies as part of the timeline for the election of the Director General in 2020:
The following list provides, in the order in which they were received, the candidates proposed by their respective governments for nomination to the post of Director General of WIPO in 2020, together with the notifications of the respective submissions as issued by the Chair of the WIPO Coordination Committee:
|Candidate||Proposed by||Relevant documents|
|Ms. Saule Tlevlessova||Republic of Kazakhstan||Circular|
|Mr. Daren Tang||Republic of Singapore||Circular|
|Mr. Kenichiro Natsume||Japan||Candidacy withdrawn (February 14, 2020)
|Ms. WANG Binying||China||Circular|
|Dr. Edward Kwakwa||Ghana||Circular|
|Mr. Marco Matías Alemán||Colombia||Circular|
|Dr. Dámaso Pardo||Argentina||Candidacy withdrawn (February 4, 2020)
|Professor Adebambo Adewopo||Nigeria||Candidacy withdrawn (February 12, 2020)
|Mr. Ivo Gagliuffi Piercechi||Peru||Circular|
|Mr. Jüri Seilenthal||Estonia||Candidacy withdrawn (January 22, 2020)
Following the closure of the deadline for submissions, a formal document consolidating all proposed candidates has been prepared for consideration by the WIPO Coordination Committee.
The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Convention) contains the following provisions on the nomination and appointment of the Director General.
“The Coordination Committee shall:
“…(v) when the term of office of the Director General is about to expire, or when there is a vacancy in the post of the Director General, nominate a candidate for appointment to such position by the General Assembly; if the General Assembly does not appoint its nominee, the Coordination Committee shall nominate another candidate; this procedure shall be repeated until the latest nominee is appointed by the General Assembly”;
“The General Assembly shall:
“(i) appoint the Director General upon nomination by the Coordination Committee”;
“(g) For the appointment of the Director General…the required majority must be attained not only in the General Assembly but also in the Assembly of the Paris Union and the Assembly of the Berne Union.”