SC Side Event to the 29th WIPO IGC, 18 February 2016

Title:         Preventing Misappropriation of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: What is the Role of WIPO?

Date:         18 February 2016, 13:00-14:45

Venue:       WIPO, Room NB 0.107

Organizer:  South Centre


WIPO Member States have agreed to undertake negotiations to prevent misappropriation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge through the intellectual property system and to promote prior informed consent as well as benefit-sharing arising from their utilization.

This side event will discuss and critically assess the role of WIPO in this endeavour against the backdrop of various related international agreements and ongoing deliberations in other multilateral fora.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Carlos Correa, Special Advisor on Trade and Intellectual Property, South Centre, Geneva
  •  François Meienberg, Berne Declaration, Switzerland
  •  Sangeeta Shashikant, Third World Network, Geneva
  • David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer, Biotrade Initiative/UNCTAD, Geneva

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