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Background

The Languages Division translates publications, documents, and other material into the working languages of WIPO: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.  The material translated includes:  treaties and other international or bilateral instruments, national laws and WIPO model laws, documents for the Assemblies of WIPO Member States, publications, conference reports, and working papers for Standing Committees and working groups.  It also edits, revises, and corrects texts prepared in those languages by or for the Secretariat.  The Division also translates into German, as part of the administrative support given to UPOV, as well as into other languages as related to certain specific activities for Member States.  The demand for translation into additional languages of an ever greater number of longer and longer documents is increasing.  The work management program is constantly updated to allocate priorities and assign work.

Main Activities and Results

Translated publications and documents in the six official languages for a number of meetings, including the documents for the meetings held in March 1998 of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO, the Budget and Premises Committees, the WIPO Coordination Committee, and the International Symposium on Inventors and Information Technology.  

Translated documents on time for seminars, training programs, as well as other material on a regular basis.  The output of the Languages Division, broken down by language and expressed in translation days was 243 in Arabic, 194 in Chinese, 163 in English, 648 in French, 225 in Russian, and 377 in Spanish, making a total of 1,850 translation days.

Began studies of a number of different possibilities for the use of voice recognition technology and computer-assisted translation.  Continued to build up electronic terminology databases in preparation for the future work with automated translation systems, which has already improved speed of access to terminology.  Introduced new procedures within the Division which should lead to less circulation of paper.

Sub-program 17.4

Conference and Operational Services

Background

Conference and Operational Services is responsible for a wide range of services, including the provision of common furniture, supplies, and communications.  Conference Service staff serve an increasing number of meetings which require more meetings in more languages and more interpreters.  Procurement and Contracts Service had introduced improvements in the procurement and contracting process, and further improvements were planned to increase transparency and accountability.  Publications Production Service had phased out all offset printers and shifted to the use of state-of-the-art laser printers, for printing PCT pamphlets, meeting documents, and other material.  Other periodicals and publications were being printed outside the Organization.  Meeting documents and a number of publications were made available electronically, through WIPO’s web site on the Internet; Communications and Records Management Service dealt with the whole range of communications from messengers and mail to electronic communications.

Main Activities and Results

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