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International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development

Innovation in Green Technologies for Sustainable Development

This Conference brought together speakers from IGOs, NGOs, academia and the private sector to share their insights on the potential of innovative green technologies in contributing to sustainable development; the role that IP (patents, trademarks, etc.) can play in this field; and the challenges faced, particularly by developing countries, in fostering, accessing and using green innovations.

The event was organized in the context of the WIPO Development Agenda and WIPO’s Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

Video on demand | Photos on Flickr | Highlights

November 22 and 23, 2021

From noon to 2:30 p.m. (CET)

Case studies on Green Technologies, IP and Sustainable Development Goals


Day 1 - November 22

Opening (12:00 - 12:10)

Welcome address


Daren Tang
WIPO Director General

Panel 1 – How can Green Innovation Contribute to Achieving Sustainable Development? (12.10 – 13.20)

This panel addressed how innovative and creative ideas can contribute to find synergies between the pursuit of development goals and the adoption of green policies; the importance of enabling more innovative green solutions to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; and the experience of UN agencies in assisting Member States in this area.

Moderator and Panelists

Moderator: H.E. Ms. Tatiana Molcean
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
Speaker: Rose Mwebaza
Director and Advisory Board Secretary, UNFCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), Denmark
Photo of Paul Ekins
Discussant: Paul Ekins PDF, Paul Ekins
Professor, Resources and Environmental Policy, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College of London (UCL), United Kingdom
Photo: Alejandro Ortega
Discussant: Alejandro Ortega
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sibö, The Netherlands

Panel 2 – The Role of IP in the Field of Green Technology (13.20 – 14.30)

This panel highlighted the role of patents and other incentives for new green technologies; the potential of trademarks and industrial designs in promoting and encouraging sustainability; and current trends in the choices made by green tech companies, specially SMEs, as regards their IP strategy.


Moderator: H.E. Ms. Tatiana Molcean
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
Photo of Mikael Rüdlinger
Speaker: Mikael Rüdlinger

Inventor and President of the Board, BNL Clean Energy, Switzerland

Photo of Elisabeth Eppinger
Discussant: Elisabeth Eppinger PDF, Elisabeth Eppinger

Professor, Berlin University of Technology and Economics, Germany

Discussant: Rafael Carmona Dávila PDF, Rafael Carmona Davila
Chief Technology Officer, GreenMomentum, Mexico

Day 2 - November 23

Keynote Address (12:00 - 12:10)

photo of H.E., Ms. Yasmine Fouad

H.E., Ms. Yasmine Fouad
Minister of Environment, Ministry of Environment of Egypt, Cairo

Panel 3 – Green Innovation in Developing Countries: How to Address the Challenges (12.10 – 13.20)

This panel discussed the challenges faced, particularly by developing countries, in fostering, accessing and using green innovations; the incentives and policies that may be adopted to respond to those challenges; and current initiatives aimed at mobilizing resources in this field.

Moderator and Panelists

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Salim Baddoura
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Lebanese Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
Photo: R Raghunathan
Speaker: R. Raghunathan PDF, R. Raghunathan
Chief Executive Officer, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Singapore Office, Singapore
Discussant: Amy Dietterich PDF, Amy Dietterich

Director, Global Challenges Division, Global Challenges and Partnership Sector, WIPO

Photo: Xavier Seuba
Discussant: Leena Pishe Thomas PDF, Leena Pishe Thomas
Director, Global Business Inroads (GBI), India

Concluding Dialogue (13.20 – 14.20)

Speakers from previous panels shared their insights and reflections on the main debates held during the Conference.

Moderator and Panelists

Moderator: H. E., Mr. Salim Baddoura
Photo: Alejandro Ortega
Speaker: Alejandro Ortega

Photo: Elisabeth Eppinger
Speaker: Elisabeth Eppinger

Photo:Leena Pishe Thomas
Speaker: Leena Pishe Thomas

Closing (14:20 - 14:30)


Hasan Kleib
WIPO Deputy Director General, Regional and National Development Sector