WIPO's Development Meeting Decides for Two Additional Meetings

Submitted by PabloOrtellado on April 16, 2005.Copyright/Fair Use | English

Pablo Ortellado

The final day of the WIPO's development meeting ended with victory of the group of friends of development positions. The morning session was basically devoted to statements by intergovernmental organizations (such as UNCTAD and the League of Arab States) and civil society groups, most of which (this time) were composed of consumers' and public interest groups (as opposed to earlier conferences where most "civil society" representatives were industry groups and associations). The sequence of civil society groups statements defending a reform of the WIPO and supporting the friends of development position caused impression on some of the delegates that felt that there was monitoring of the meeting and support from civil society and not - as usual - only lobbying by representatives of industry. After the statements from IGOs and NGOs, the chair started discussion about his draft for a summary and resolution statement.

The draft document was a very simple text basically acknowledging that there was a meeting and that the four proposals were discussed. It ended by calling for another meeting to be held in June where issues would be further explored. Brazil and Argentina, on behalf of the friends of development group, criticized the document for only making provisions for one meeting and not two, as they would like to see. On the other hand, some of the developed countries supported the decision for only one additional meeting. The chair tried to conciliate positions by saying that the provision for another meeting in June would not exclude the possibility of an additional third meeting if delegations felt the need for it after the June meeting.

As there were no signs of agreement, the disputing delegations met behind closed doors with the chair for negotiating the content of the summary and resolution text. After long hours of negotiations, the result was a document (see below) providing for two more meetings, one in June 20 to 22 and another one in July in a date yet to be defined. After a request from the Civil Society Coalition, the chair also committed to allowing the NGOs accredited on a ad hoc basis to participate also in the next two IIM meetings.

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Chair's Summary and Final Resolution from the Inter-Sessional Intergovernmental Meeting on a Development Agenda for WIPO

First Session, Geneva, April 11-13, 2005

As finally adopted, April 13, 2005, 9:06 P.M.

1. The WIPO General Assembly, in its Thirty-First (15th Extraordinary) Session held at Geneva, from September 27 to October 5, 2004, decided to convene inter-sessional intergovernmental meetings to examine the proposals contained in document WO/GA/31/11 (Proposal by Argentina and Brazil for the Establishment of a Development Agenda for WIPO), as well as additional proposals of Member States. The first session of the Inter-Sessional Intergovernmental Meeting (IIM) on a Development Agenda for WIPO was held from April 11 to 13, 2005.

2. 99 Member States, 16 Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and 41 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) participated in the session.

3. The IIM decided to admit, on an ad hoc basis, 17 non-accredited NGOs, as per the attached list, without implications as to their status for future WIPO meetings.

4. The IIM unanimously elected Ambassador Rigoberto Gauto Vielman, Permanent Representative of Paraguay, as Chair, and Ambassador Dimiter Tzantchev, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, as Vice-Chair.

5. The IIM adopted the draft agenda as proposed in document IIM/1/1 Prov. with the addition of Item 7 - Adoption of the Report.

6. The IIM discussed a proposal by Argentina and Brazil (co-sponsored by Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Venezuela) relating to the Establishment of a Development Agenda for WIPO (documents WO/GA/31/11 and WO/GA/31/14), a proposal by Brazil on behalf of the "Group of Friends of Development" relating to a Proposal to Establish a Development Agenda for WIPO: An Elaboration of Issues Raised in Document WO/GA/31/11 (document IIM/1/4), a proposal by the United States of America for the Establishment of a Partnership Program in WIPO (document IIM/1/2), a proposal by Mexico on Intellectual Property and Development (document IIM//1/3), and observations by the United Kingdom relating to IP and Development (document IIM/1/5).

7. Given the need for indepth examination of the proposals, it was considered that more time would be required by Member States to examine them. The IIM decided to continue discussions and consideration of the proposals at the next session of the IIM, which would take place from June 20 to 22, and that a third session of three days would be held in July 2005 on dates which would be communicated by the Secretariat to the Member States as soon as possible. Member States may submit in writing to the Secretariat additional proposals on the establishment on a development agenda for consideration at the next session of the IIM. To facilitate discussions at that next session, the Chairman invited those Member States, which had made or would be making proposals, to submit them in operational and actionable language to the Secretariat, in writing.

8. The IIM noted that the Draft Report of the first session would contain all the interventions made during the current session and also the Chairman's summary. This Draft Report will be prepared by the Secretariat and communicated to the Permanent Missions of the Member States. The Draft Report would also be made available, in electronic form and on the WIPO website, to the Member States, IGOs and NGOs by April 25, 2005. Comments on the Draft Report should be communicated in writing to the Secretariat by May 4, 2005. The revised Draft Report would then be made available by May 11, 2005, and would be considered for adoption at the beginning of the said next session of the IIM.

List of NGOs Not Accredited to WIPO That Have Requested Participation in the WIPO IIM of April 11-13, 2005:

1. Institute of International Trade Law and Development - IDCID (Brazil)

2. Institute for Policy Innovation (USA)

3. Independent Film and Television Alliance (London)

4. International Policy Network - IPN (London)

5. Union for the Public Domain (USA)

6. Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility [sic - should be CPSR-Peru]

7. IP Justice, (USA)

8. IP-Working Group, European Digital Rights (EDRI) [sic Initiative]

9. Royal Society for the Encouragements of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (UK)

10. Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)

11. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

12. German Chamber of Patent Attorneys

13. Access to Learning Materials in Southern Africa

Consumer Institute of South Africa

14. Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

15. Consumers International

TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Secretariat (London)

16. Third World Network (Geneva)

17. LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, (Johannesburg, South Africa)