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Statements delivered by the Development Agenda Group at the 9th session of the Development Agenda Committee (CDIP) of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Opening Statement delivered by the Algerian delegation

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Statements delivered by the Development Agenda Group at the

9th session of the Development Agenda Committee (CDIP) of

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

(Geneva,7-11/5/2012)

 

Opening Statement delivered by the Algerian delegation, on behalf of the Development Agenda Group

7 may 2012

 

 

Mr. Chairman, Director-General, distinguished colleagues

I have the honour of making this statement on behalf of the Development Agenda Group and wish to join others in congratulating you upon your election as Chairman and echo their confidence in your capable stewardship of this Session.

The Development Agenda Group thanks the Director-General, Mr. Francis Gurry, for his full engagement to significantly mainstream the Development Agenda in all WIPOs’ activity, and acknowledges, with appreciation, the good work done by the WIPO Secretariat under the leadership of the Director-General and his senior management team.

DAG is pleased to note the efforts being made and the concrete progress to ensure greater development orientation in WIPO’s work. The Group is greatly encouraged by those positive developments, and considers that more is still needed so that developmental considerations automatically became an integral part of WIPO’s work.

Thus, the Group is of the view that institutional matters related to the functioning of the CDIP needs all our attention and should be resolved so as to allow Members states to asses truly the implementation of the DA.  In this respect:

  1. On modalities of the coordination, monitoring, assessing and reporting mechanism for the Development Agenda, the Committee need to agree on the WIPO bodies that must report to the General Assembly on their contribution in implementing the Development Agenda recommendations.

 

  1. To ensure the complete implementation of the three pillars of the Committee, DAG reiterate its proposal to include an agenda item entitled “Intellectual Property and development” to the agenda of the CDIP.  That agenda item will allow discussions on the important linkages between IP and development, inter alia, discussion on the WIPO seminar series on the economics of intellectual property; and WIPO's contribution to the UN MDGs.

As to the Report of the Director General on the implementation of the development agenda recommendations, Doc CDIP/9/2, the report seeks to provide a macro level assessment of the work undertaken regarding the implementation of the Development Agenda. The Development Agenda Group seizes this opportunity to thanks the Director General for his personnel commitment and engagement in the implementation of the DA.

In its preliminary remarks, the Group would like to indicate that while the effort at mainstreaming the Development Agenda through the Program and Budget is a positive development, there is still scope for improvement in mainstreaming the Development Agenda in the Program and Budget process. The Group is happy to note that during the last session of the CDIP, discussions conduct to reach advanced progress on number issues.

The Group will deliver, later on, a statement on this Agenda item.

DAG notes that most of the ongoing projects are progressing successfully.  Those projects constitute a concrete contribution to the implementation of Agenda of development Plan. The Group wished to reiterate that Development Agenda is a long-term work-in-progress and, important challenges remain in the implementation of the Development Agenda. There is still a need to rethink the IP system so as to reflect all interests by making IP systems balanced and by promoting innovation and access to knowledge.

In fact, the Implementation is dependent on the commitment by Member States as well as on the cultural change in the Organization’s approach to its work.  Hence, complementary and new projects will contribute to consolidate the development dimension in WIPO’s work.

As to Agenda Item 8 on “consideration of work program for the implementation of adopted recommendations”, DAG is encouraged by the quality of the documents under deliberation in this session.  We thank the Secretariat for the well-prepared and updated documents.

The Group consider that the issues proposed for discussion under this Agenda item deserve all our interest, particularly the external review of WIPO technical assistance in the area of cooperation for development, the study on flexibilities, including the external independent evaluations reports on IP and Public domain and on IP and competition policy as well as the Conference on “Mobilizing Resources for development.

Concerning the study on the external review of the WIPO, the Group is with the view that sufficient time should be allocated to discuss the report thoroughly so as to advance the recommendations that were made in this regard.

We recall that the Committee on Development and IP (CDIP), in its 8th session has decided to establish an ad hoc working group to review the recommendations of the External Review. During the inter-sessional period, the ad hoc working group met on several occasions and extensively discussed and exchanged views on the recommendations of the External Review as well as the Secretariat’s response contained in CDIP/9/14.  This commitment reflects the interest given by Member states to this study. The Development Agenda group is fully and constructively engaged to look into the recommendations of this study to improve the Organization’s technical assistance in the area of cooperation for development

 

The Development Agenda Group is of the view that it is now timely to focus on specific proposals to improve WIPO’s development cooperation activities. The Development Agenda Group will make specific proposals aimed at improving WIPO’s development cooperation activities under Agenda item 8.

 

Another important issue is the program on flexibilities in the intellectual property system.  Determining how IP-related flexibilities could be fully and effectively used in accordance with the development and public policy objectives is a key challenge faced by most developing countries and LDCs. Hence, DAG continue to support the work program on flexibilities in the intellectual property system, particularly mentioning the practical implementation and full use of patent flexibilities in critical areas of development such as public health, food security and agriculture.

The Group look to a constructive engagement for moving forward the discussion on those issues. For a better progress of the IP system, the work program should build upon the conceptual understanding that balance between the different interests is crucial. 

The Development Agenda Group considers also that the external study entitled Assessing WIPO’s Contribution to the Achievement of the Millennium Development deserves our interests. The agenda item on IP and development could facilitate discussion on the contribution of WIPO in the MDGs and the consolidation of WIPO’s report on 2015, when the review of the MDGs took place. 

The Group also looked forward to examine and assess the project on IP and the Informal Sector.  The Group consider that such a project will assist developing countries to utilize IP in the informal sector and avoid focusing on promoting enforcement measures related to counterfeit and pirated goods.

The DAG consider that the African Group project, initially proposed by the Delegation of Burkina Faso entitled “Project for the Reinforcement and Development of the Audio-visual Sector in Africa”, merit all the Group support.

Finally, the Development Agenda Group consider important that development remains a strategic priority for WIPO in the next biennium as that could only assist in the implementation of the Development Agenda.  In that context, it was essential for work to continue on the definition of objectives and activities pertaining to development and the related costs. The criteria used in the study on the external review of the WIPO to define technical assistance activities for development seems to be pertinent.

Thank you