Policy Brief 40, June 2017

Outcomes of the Nineteenth Session of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property: A Critical Reflection

Despite the high relevance of the issues discussed in the agenda of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), the effectiveness of the CDIP in leading the development orientation of the work of WIPO has diminished remarkably. Under the banner of the implementation of the Development Agenda recommendations agreed in 2007, significant reform was expected, but today much continues as business as usual.

This Policy Brief reports on the outcomes of the nineteenth session of the CDIP. It suggests that increased, coordinated engagement by developing countries in the CDIP is needed in order to achieve meaningful outcomes in the CDIP in accordance with the WIPO Development Agenda.

The nineteenth session of the CDIP took place from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Geneva. The session was chaired by Ambassador Walid Doudech from Tunisia.

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