The Technical Assistance Principles of the WIPO Development Agenda and their Practical Implementation
SummaryThe ICTSD Programme on IPRs and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the availability of Issue Paper 28, entitled “The Technical Assistance Principles of the WIPO Development Agenda and their Practical Implementation” by Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck and Ron Marchant.
Carefully designed technical assistance, that is responsive to national needs, can play an important role in assisting developing countries towards ensuring that intellectual property rights are made supportive of their overall development objectives. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as a major provider of multilateral technical assistance in the area of intellectual property and the administrator of a number of IP treaties and conventions, bears a particularly important responsibility towards this end.
In this regard, the challenges of improving the development-orientation of WIPO's technical assistance has been a major subject of discussion since the proposal to establish a WIPO Development Agenda was put forward in 2004.
The Technical Assistance Principles of the WIPO Development Agenda and their Practical Implementation aims to be a constructive contribution to the implementation process of the principles on technical assistance encapsulated in recommendation 1 of the WIPO Development Agenda recommendations, adopted in 2007, according to which:
“WIPO technical assistance shall be, inter alia, development-oriented, demand-driven and transparent, taking into account the priorities and the special needs of developing countries, especially LDCs, as well as the different levels of development of Member States and activities should include time frames for completion. In this regard, design, delivery mechanisms and evaluation processes of technical assistance programs should be country specific.”
The paper provides an overview of what has been achieved so far in this area and puts forward concrete suggestions and proposals for WIPO Members and the Secretariat to pursue with a view towards ensuring the development orientation of WIPO’s technical assistance. The paper considers that, while there are encouraging signs in this direction, much remains to be done to turn aims, aspirations, and principles into the specific actions needed to secure their achievement.
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