In addition to the formal agenda, the Organization is abuzz with side-events ranging from panel discussions to exhibitions and performances celebrating humankind’s innovation and creativity and showcasing the cultural diversity that is an integral part of the Organization.
WIPO’s member states, stakeholders and staff share a common goal: an efficient and accessible IP system that benefits everyone – women and men. In this event, WIPO stakeholders share experiences, showcase good practices and exchange ideas.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry receives Nigeria’s instruments of accession and ratification of the WIPO Copyright Treaty, the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, the Marrakesh Treaty and the Beijing Treaty.
In a landmark moment in Madrid System history, the Government of Indonesia deposits its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General, making Indonesia the 100th member of the Madrid Union.
Francis Gurry calls for greater participation in WIPO’s international patent, trademark and design systems and says the Organization is adapting to new challenges stemming from an accelerating rate of global innovation.
"It is a great pleasure for me to join the Chair of the WIPO General Assembly in extending a warm welcome to all delegations to the 2017 Assemblies. I thank the Member States for their support for the Organization, which is so apparent in the large participation in this meeting and in the extensive range of associated cultural and professional events that various Member States have generously agreed to sponsor throughout the week."
Video: Francis Gurry, Audu Ayinla Kadiri (Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN) and Afam Ezekude (Director General, Nigerian Copyright Commission) on Nigeria's accession to key copyright treaties.
Video: Francis Gurry and H.E. Mr. Yasonna H. Laoly, Minister of Law and Human Rights, on Indonesia's accession to the International Trademark System.
Francis Gurry on the future of intellectual property: opportunities and challenges. (WIPO Magazine.)
Cultural events and exhibitions
Celebrating humankind’s innovation and creativity
ASEAN @ 50
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) staged an event at WIPO on the opening day of the Assemblies showcasing the 10-country bloc's rich cultural diversity as it celebrates its 50th year of existence. ["ASEAN @ 50" – photos on Flickr.]
Paraguay: Celebrating Culture
Musicians and dancers wowed the audience at the inauguration of the exhibition “Paraguay, an Economically Fertile Country,” organized by Paraguay and WIPO on the sidelines of the Assemblies meetings. ["Paraguay: Celebrating Culture" – photos on Flickr.]
WIPO and the government of Georgia organized an event showcasing Georgian cuisine, dance, music and design. The exhibition, entitled “Follow Georgia,” extends a long history of Georgian cultural display at WIPO and also coincides with the 25th anniversary of Georgia’s national IP center, Sakpatenti. ["Following Georgia" – photos on Flickr.]
Mexico: Showcasing Design
An exhibition entitled “Contemporary Mexican Design with a Vision towards the Future,” was held on the sidelines of the WIPO Assemblies and featured cutting-edge Mexican designers and the Mariachi “Quetzal” band. ["Showcasing Design" – photos on Flickr.]
IP in Colombia
An exhibition on "Furthering Intellectual Property in Colombia" was organized by the Government of Colombia and WIPO, and showcased some of Colombia’s contributions in the field of IP. ["IP in Colombia" – photos on Flickr.]
Italian GIs on Exhibit
The Government of Italy organized an exhibition entitled "Geographical Indications – Identities of Territories" and offered delegates samples of some of Italy’s leading geographical indications throughout the WIPO Assemblies. ["Identities of Territories" – photos on Flickr.]