WIPO owns three buildings (WIPO, BIRPI I, and BIRPI II) and expects to own the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Building in early 1999. WIPO also rents premises in the Centre administratif des Morillons (CAM), Union Carbide/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UC/UNHCR), Procter & Gamble Annex, International Business Machines (IBM), and the International Migration Organization (OIM) as well as storage space in Collex and Meyrin, and office space for the New York Coordination Office. These rented premises provide some 300 work places, which, it is expected, will be reunited with those in the WIPO buildings after WIPO has taken over and adapted the WMO building.
The continued growth of WIPO’s activities, in particular, Programs 03, 06, 08, 12, 13, and 14 has resulted in an urgent need for both short-term and long-term working space. Additional conference and meeting facilities and additional parking places are also needed. Moreover, the plan to build on the Steiner lot is still being pursued for the purposes of an administrative building.
As the premises owned and rented by WIPO to accommodate the growth of WIPO’s activities and staff continue to increase, together with the aging of the premises and technical installations in the WIPO and BIRPI I Buildings, and the demand for efficient and modern facilities, a higher-level of maintenance work, repairs, improvements, and use of utilities and security services is needed, with corresponding higher costs.
Improve and increase the conference and meeting facilities for delegates, providing more meeting rooms with interpretation, larger conference rooms, and additional related facilities.
Increase the premises to accommodate the growth of the staff and the activities of the Secretariat, providing office space (and related space) and storage space at the best prevailing rates in the vicinity of existing premises owned or rented by WIPO.
Maintain WIPO’s premises in good condition, with effective operation of technical installations, and provide appropriate security.
Provision of Premises
Prepared a document on premises for the March 23 and 24, 1998, joint session of the Budget and Premises Committees and for the March 25 to 27, 1998, session of the WIPO General Assembly. That document described the present situation, indicated the urgent need for working space, (quantified to the year 2008) as well as for conference and meeting facilities. It also described the plans proposed for the immediate future, and for the longer term, and proposed converting the Mezzanine of the WIPO Building to meeting rooms and to renovating, modernizing, connecting, and extending the WMO Building