Workshop on Building Community Capacity to Protect Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources

(Geneva, December 10 to 12, 2007)

A Roundtable on Building Community Capacity:  a Roundtable on Practical Initiatives on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources will take place at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, from December 10 to 12, 2007. 

The Roundtable is an informal, practically-oriented event.  It responds to the strong level of interest expressed by many national authorities and community representatives in sharing experience and developing dialogue and cooperation on practical initiatives to build capacity for the appropriate protection of intellectual property and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), traditional knowledge (TK) and genetic resources (GR). 

The Roundtable follows in the tradition of community consultation that has been part of WIPO’s program in this domain since its inception with the first fact-finding consultations dating back to 1998 and 1999.  A program outline follows.  The full program and further details will be progressively posted on this website.

Participation is open to any interested party, provided that they register in advance by e-mail to  For any enquiries, please send an e-mail to the same address, or call the WIPO Global IP Issues Division on 022 338 8866.