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PROGRAM 01

CONSTITUENT ORGANS OF THE MEMBER STATES AND

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL

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Background

In recent years, the scale and complexity of WIPO’s activities have expanded as the numbers of the Member States have increased (169 as of May 31, 1998) and participation in other WIPO-administered Unions has grown.  In addition, new developments in the field of intellectual property resulting from digital technology have heightened the importance of WIPO and its position.  These  trends, as illustrated by the continuing growth of membership in the PCT and the Madrid and Hague Unions, which offer global protection systems for industrial property, have necessitated the strengthening of WIPO’s services and broader interaction with Member States.

Objectives

Enable the Director General and the Secretariat to maintain close and transparent contact and dialogue with Member States on policy, the Program and Budget of the organization, and important intellectual property issues.

Promote worldwide protection of intellectual property rights through cooperation among the Member States.

Facilitate implementation of WIPO-administered treaties.

Provide efficient and accountable services to the Member States.

Establish a mutually corresponding and more efficient relationship between the Secretariat and Member States, based on transparency, as well as on-going contacts and dialogues at both informal consultations and at various sessions of the Assemblies of the Member States.

Improve and facilitate the consultation process by creating a structural linkage between the Executive Office of the Director General and its subordinate supporting departments, as well as the Policy Advisory Commission and the Industry Advisory Commission.

Main Activities and Results

Sub-program 01.1

Organs of the Member States

The Assemblies and other bodies of the Member States of WIPO met in extraordinary session in March 1998.

The Assemblies approved the Draft Budget and Program of WIPO for the 1998-99 biennium, as prepared by the Director General and took decisions on initiation of the automation of the PCT system, information technology projects, and the establishment of the Standing Committee on the Information Technologies and its integration with the Permanent Committee on Industrial Property Information (PCIPI);

The General Assembly of WIPO took certain decisions regarding the renovation of existing and possible acquisition of new premises.  

The Coordination Committee approved the proposal to set up a Working Group on Policies and Practices for the Nomination and Appointment of Directors General of

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