Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization
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On October 4, 2004, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property
Organization agreed to adopt a proposal offered by Argentina and Brazil, the
"Proposal for the Establishment of a Development Agenda for WIPO" (sometimes
referred to as "Item 12" because of its placement listing on the meeting's
agenda). This proposal was strongly supported by developing countries, as
well as by a large contingent of civil society. Prior to the General Assembly
meeting, hundreds of nonprofits, scientists, academics and other individuals
had signed the "Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO," which calls
on WIPO to focus more on the needs of developing countries, and
to view IP as one of many tools for development - not as an end in itself.
The Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO is posted below
in six languages. Signatures are still being accepted. If you are willing to
sign this document, send an email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate how you would like your
signature to be listed.
- ENGLISH, in PDF,
MS Word formats.
- FRENCH, in PDF,
html, and MS Word
- SPANISH, in PDF and
rtf formats. Thanks to Sofía Beltrán
and Phol Páucar from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - Peru
for the translation.
- GREEK, in
MS Word and PDF formats.
Thanks to Claudine Xenidou-Dervou and Anna Fragkau from the
Hellenic Academic Libraries Link for the translation.
- ITALIAN, in html format.
Thanks to Andrea Glorioso (from Media Innovation Unit - Firenze Tecnologia)
and Nicola Larosa for the translation.
- ARABIC, in PDF and
MS Word formats. Thanks to Marlyn Tadros
from Virtual Activism for the translation.
- List of initial signatures
- Civil Society Documents
- WIPO Documents
- Many of these documents, as well as other related information, can be
found in French at
Debat Public, and can be found in Spanish at
CPRS - Peru.
- September 8, 2004. James Boyle. Duke Law and Technology Review. 0009.
Manifesto on WIPO and the Future of Intellectual Property.
- June, 2004. Jerome Reichman and Keith Maskus in the Journal of International
Economic Law Volume 7, Issue 2, 279-320.
The Globalization of Private Knowledge.
- March, 2004. South Centre Analytical Note.
A Development Agenda for Intellectual Property Negotiations in 2004 and Beyond.
- 2003. Sisule Musungu & Graham Dutfield. Quaker United Nations Office, TRIPS Paper #3.
Multilateral agreements and a TRIPS-plus world:
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
- July 7, 2003.
Sign-on letter from 69 scientists and economists to Kamil Idris, Director General
of the World Intellectual Property Organization requesting that WIPO host
a meeting on open and collaborative development.
News stories (French)
News Stories (English)
- October 18, 2004. Mark Ward for the BBC.
The fight for your right to share.
- October 15, 2004. Gustavo Capdevila for the Inter Press Service.
South Gains Ground in Intellectual Property Debate.
- October 15, 2004. Chee Yoke Heong for the Asia Times.
Putting the brakes on intellectual property rights.
- October 15, 2004. Op-ed by Tom Giovanetti in the Washington Times.
Intellectual property and its discontents.
- October 6, 2004. William New for National Review's Tech Daily.
WIPO Agrees To Development Agenda.
- October 5, 2004. Frances Williams for the Financial Times.
WIPO to Heed Concerns of the Poor.
- October 5, 2004. Matt Whipp for PC Pro News.
UN body promises greater recognition for open source licencing.
- October 4, 2004. Martin Khor for the SUNS Development Monitor.
WIPO to convene meetings on development agenda.
- September 30, 2004. Frances Williams for the Financial Times.
Development needs 'override intellectual property protection'.
- September 29, 2004. Kanaga Raja for SUNS Development Monitor.
NGOs support a 'Development Agenda' for WIPO.
- September 29, 2004. Associated Press.
NGOs: UN Should Relax Protection for Intellectual Property to Help Developing Countries.
- September 29, 2004. Juliana Cézar Nunes (translated by Allen Bennett) in Brazzil.com.
Brazil Wants New Rules for Intellectual Property .
- September 22, 2004. William New for the National Journal's Tech Daily.
Consumer Groups Urge Change At WIPO.
- September 14, 2004. Frances Williams for the Financial Times.
Clash likely on intellectual property rights.