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Program 02

Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development

(SPPD)

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Background

In the past, no particular sector in WIPO had been responsible for policy development and the consequential strategic planning and coordinated management, or ensured coordination with other agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations.  Externally, relations with international organizations had not been guided by an overall approach that covered all activities of the Secretariat, and internally, there had been no coherent process to assist staff in learning about other organizations and the implications for WIPO of broad international trends.

Objectives

Provide a responsive, well-informed basis for WIPO’s strategic planning and policy development.

Ensure that governments and international and regional organizations are assisted in their decisions and planning with information on the activities and available expertise of WIPO in all fields of intellectual property.

Promote and strengthen relations with UPOV, the WTO, and elements of the United Nations system, and ensure that WIPO staff are knowledgeable about the activities of cooperating organizations.

Provide a strategic management function that integrates planning and policy development.

Main Activities and Results

Sub-program 02.1

Development of Strategy and Policies

A Policy Development Group (PDG), consisting of the principal executives of the Organization, has been created for policy-related consultations within the Secretariat,  The group meets several times a month to discuss important issues, coordinate policies and activities, and develop new management approaches.

At a secondary level, the Policy Implementation Meeting (PIM) was set up.  It comprises the members of the PDG and all Directors or Acting Directors of the Secretariat.  The PIM discusses the implementation of the policies and decisions of the PDG (above) throughout the Secretariat.

The SPPD drew up a list of potential members for the Policy Advisory Commission (PAC), and developed the agenda for the first PAC meeting.  A consultant was engaged to comment on in-house proposals and make his own proposals.

Preparations for the first session of the PAC were under way, including background documents intended to break new ground by their direction, relevance, precision, brevity, and clarity.

Task Forces were set up to provide policy input and advice on WIPO’s major activities, notably on premises, information technologies, the PCT, and the corporate image of WIPO and of intellectual property.

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