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Implementation of WIPO Development Agenda Moves Forward

Geneva, July 14, 2008

The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), established by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in October 2007, held its second meeting from July 7-11, 2008 and moved forward in discussing the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda (Summary by the Chair).  The meeting, which was attended by 101 member states, 8 inter-governmental organizations and 37 non-governmental organizations, held detailed discussions on further developing a work program for implementation of the recommendations approved by the General Assembly. 

The second meeting of the CDIP built on the achievements of its inaugural session in March 2008 (PR/2008/540) and agreed on the indicative figures for human and financial resource requirements associated with the implementation of adopted recommendations 2, 5, 8, 9 and 10 in the list of 26 recommendations. The CDIP also discussed implementation of adopted recommendations 20, 22 and 23 in Cluster B of the list of 26.  They agreed that the proposed activities, as modified following discussions, would be sent to the secretariat to assess associated human and financial resource requirements and submitted to member states prior to the CDIP’s third session. 
The CDIP also discussed adopted recommendation 1 in the list of 19 recommendations earmarked for immediate implementation by the General Assembly in 2007, and agreed to the proposed activities outlined in document CDIP/2/2 with some modifications, (see Annex I of Summary of the Chair).  Further, the CDIP discussed implementation of adopted recommendations 3,4,6,7 and 11 and agreed to the proposed associated activities, as contained in Annex I. 
The CDIP reviewed and commented on activities being implemented under adopted recommendation 12 in the list of 19.  It was agreed that the secretariat would make the necessary modifications and would provide the next session of the CDIP with a progress report on the implementation of these 19 recommendations.  The Committee also noted that there was need to coordinate the CDIP’s activities with other relevant WIPO bodies in implementing the adopted recommendations.  To this end, the CDIP decided to begin discussions on a mechanism to monitor and assess such coordination at its next session.
The draft report of the second session of the CDIP will be posted on WIPO’s website for comment by member states and observer organizations and will be formally adopted at the third session of the CDIP in 2009.  A report outlining the deliberations of the CDIP sessions will be presented to the September 2008 WIPO General Assembly.  The report will recommend adjustments to the revised program and budget for 2009 to allow implementation of agreed recommendations. It will further call on the General Assembly to make resources available in a manner consistent with WIPO’s program and budgetary processes.
During the opening of the session, at the invitation of the Chair of the CDIP, Ambassador Trevor C. Clarke, Mr. Francis Gurry, who has been nominated by the WIPO Coordination Committee to become the next Director General of WIPO, emphasized his commitment to the effective implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda, pledging to personally supervise this important initiative in the future.  He said the development dimension must be taken into account horizontally across the Organization.  Mr. Gurry said the Development Agenda represented a major opportunity to address the role of intellectual property in development and the contribution of intellectual property in narrowing the knowledge gap and the digital divide (PR/2008/558). 
A proposal for a development agenda for WIPO was first launched at the 2004 WIPO General Assembly. At that time, member states agreed to hold a series of inter-sessional intergovernmental meetings (IIMs) to examine proposals originally submitted by Brazil and Argentina as well as additional proposals of other member states. Accordingly, three sessions of the IIM on a Development Agenda for WIPO were organized in 2005 in which eight papers containing wide-ranging proposals were presented.  As part of that decision, WIPO also hosted an international seminar in May 2005 on intellectual property and development, which was open to all stakeholders, including NGOs, civil society and academia.  In order to accelerate and complete discussions on the submitted proposals, the 2005 session of the WIPO General Assembly, agreed to establish a Provisional Committee on Proposals for a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA).  The PCDA process culminated in agreement on a set of 45 proposals which were adopted by the WIPO General Assembly in 2007 which further recommended the establishment of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).
The 45 recommendations adopted by the General Assembly in 2007 are divided into six clusters, namely: Cluster A: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building; Cluster B: Norm-setting, Flexibilities, Public Policy and Public Domain; Cluster C: Technology Transfer, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Access to Knowledge; Cluster D: Assessments, Evaluation and Impact Studies; Cluster E: Institutional Matters Including Mandate and Governance; and Cluster F: Others.  These include 19 recommendations for immediate implementation by WIPO and 26 for which the CDIP is required to develop a work program.  Full details of the adopted recommendations are available at https://www.wipo.int/ip-development/en/agenda/cdip_recommendations.html. 
The CDIP is also mandated to monitor, assess, discuss and report on the implementation of all recommendations adopted, by coordinating with relevant WIPO bodies and to discuss IP and development-related issues as agreed by the Committee and decided by the General Assembly. The Committee is made up of member states, and is open to all accredited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
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