-the UNCTAD meeting on Multilateral Agreements on Investments in Geneva (April 1998);
-the World Health Organization (WHO) General Assembly in Geneva (May 1998);
-the Special Session of ECOSOC in New York (May 1998)
-UNEP Governing Council in Nairobi (May 1998).
Exploratory discussions were held with United Nations officials regarding the active participation of WIPO officials in the newly created United Nations Headquarters Office of Inter-Agency Affairs.
Emphasis was placed on promoting WIPO in the organizations of the United Nations system based in New York and in strengthening the work of the WIPO Coordination Office in New York.
Cooperation with the International Union for the Protection of new Varieties of Plants (UPOV)
There was frequent contact between WIPO and UPOV at all levels of the two Secretariats, facilitated by the Director General being also Secretary General of UPOV and by the sharing of premises. The Vice-Secretary-General of UPOV is a Member of the Policy Development Group referred to above.
A Seminar for Caribbean countries entitled “The Protection of Plant Varieties under the UPOV Convention” took place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, from April 29 to May 1, 1998. Preparations were undertaken for the holding of a briefing workshop for countries in the Asian Region, “Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention,” in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and for a Training Course on the Protection of New Varieties of Plants for Latin American Countries, in Madrid, Spain; both scheduled for June 1998.
Representatives of UPOV participated in various seminars and training courses organized by WIPO during the period under review, under main Programs 06 and 08.
Economic Forecast and Research
Two WIPO officials began preliminary work on the analysis of trends in intellectual property activity, growth of the global protection systems and services, and forecasts of future developments.