ICTSD is holding
together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
a workshop with the representatives of indigenous and local
communities funded by WIPO's voluntary fund to participate at
the twelfth session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee
on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional
Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) which is scheduled for 25-29 February
2008 at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva. The workshop is scheduled
for 22-23 February 2008 at the Château de Bossey close to Geneva.
The IGC was set up
in 2000, by the WIPO General Assembly, to address intellectual
property issues with regard to genetic resources, traditional
knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs).
The 2007 WIPO General Assembly invited the IGC "to accelerate
its work and to present a progress report to the  General
Assembly." The renewed mandate also underlined that "no outcome
of its work is excluded, including the possible development
of an international instrument or instruments."
Indigenous and other
local communities have actively contributed to the deliberations
of the IGC in past years. Their participation is now facilitated
by the WIPO Voluntary Contribution Fund1
for Accredited Indigenous and Local Communities established
in 2005 in order to facilitate the participation of indigenous
and local communities in the work of the IGC.
The workshop will
include presentations by experts, representatives from indigenous
and local communities, government officials and members of the
Secretariats of WIPO, CBD, and WTO, with the view of promoting
a lively informal exchange of views and ideas on how to best
address the issues of prime concern to local and indigenous
communities being discussed at the IGC.