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Program Implementation Overview Highlights

January to May 1998

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This overview describes the activities and results of the 18 main programs of the 1998-99 Program and Budget, which was adopted in March 1998. It illustrates the direction of WIPO activities and their potential impact on the future.

Six new main programs began their work:

      Strategic Planning and Policy Development

      Internal Oversight and Productivity

      Global Communications and Public Diplomacy

      Human Resources Development and the Worldwide Academy

      Global Information Network

      Global Intellectual Property Issues

These programs are working along with all other programs to address the challenges that WIPO faces in the next century and to position the Organization to be more visible, responsive, innovative, and dynamic.

Through over 41 seminars, workshops, and meetings for developing countries, WIPO informed and trained about 3,000 government officials, members of trade, industry, academic research and legal circles, as well as member of civil society in virtually every aspect of intellectual property law and practice. In addition, 46 advisory field missions took place, 45 countries received legal legislative assistance, and 32 nationally focused action plans were in operation or in the pipeline.

International registration activity continued to increase: PCT international applications grew by 27 percent over the comparable period in 1997, and international registrations under the Madrid System grew about 1.5 percent.

Management monitoring and financial practices continued to be refined and upgraded throughout the Organization, reflecting the twin principles of transparency and accountability.  The implementation of results-oriented, strategic goals and measures, along with a computerized budget monitoring and tracking system is helping program managers to redefine and allocate their resources effectively and efficiently.

There were 32 new adherences to various WIPO-administered treaties.

Action Invited

The action to be taken by the General Assembly is given on page 64.

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