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WIPO New York Office

The WIPO Coordination Office in New York functions as WIPO's liaison to the United Nations and the related community of diplomats and agencies in New York, and has operated as such for over 40 years.

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The Office achieves its objectives and fulfills its mandate by undertaking the following activities, amongst others:

  • Ensures WIPO’s engagement in a wide range of UN processes and negotiations, such as the post 2015 Development Agenda and the development of sustainable goals
  • Monitors the work of the UN main committees, namely: second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth committees, UNCITRAL and ECOSOC
  • Participates as an observer in meetings on other global challenges such as: food security, the “green economy”, the rights of people with disabilities and public health and promotes WIPO’s work in these areas.
  • Training of UN diplomats on IP
  • Outreach to the various departments of the UN Secretariat and representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN in New York to support an increased understanding of IP


Workshops for United Nations diplomats

The Office holds periodical workshops on the basics of intellectual property for the benefit of UN diplomats and officials. The office also collaborates with UNITAR, New York office in this effort.

Topical events at the United Nations

The Office organizes for the UN community events on topical subjects with intellectual property dimension at the UN, including on public health, agriculture, climate change, traditional and indigenous knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.