Participation in the IGC is open to WIPO member states and accredited inter-governmental (IGO) and non-governmental (NGO) organizations.
Decisions on accreditation are made by the WIPO member states at the beginning of each session of the IGC. Organizations requesting to be accredited as an observer at the IGC should complete the accreditation form and submit it to WIPO at least 60 days prior to each session of the IGC.
The WIPO Voluntary Fund facilitates the participation of indigenous and local communities in the work of the IGC. Accredited observers which are representatives of local or indigenous communities may apply for financial support for participation in IGC sessions and meetings of the Intersessional Working Groups (IWGs). The rules of the Voluntary Fund are adopted by the WIPO General Assembly.
Applications for funding related to a particular session of the IGC must be received by WIPO at least 60 days before the session which precedes the session for which funding is sought. Applicants are invited to complete the application form and send it to WIPO.
The extent of support that the Voluntary Fund can provide depends on donations. Potential donors are encouraged to contact WIPO for further information. Even modest contributions will contribute to the success of the Fund.