Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Member States Unanimously Decide to Close Investigation Cases Against WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Geneva, October 7, 2016

WIPO’s Coordination Committee, the governing body responsible for staff matters, agreed on October 7, 2016, to end their discussions on the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) investigation into allegations against the Director General.

The Coordination Committee reaffirmed the decision taken at their September 12, 2016 Extraordinary Session with respect to the decisions and recommendations of the Chairs of WIPO’s General Assembly and Coordination Committee, who were charged with managing this process.  In their final report, the two Chairs had decided to close with no further action all investigations regarding alleged misconduct.

Member states agreed unanimously to move forward in a constructive and positive spirit with the ongoing work at WIPO to review and strengthen internal procedures relating to procurement, internal oversight, and whistle-blower policy.

Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the decision by the Coordination Committee and the renewed confidence reposed in him by WIPO’s member states.

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