Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Who is the best person to lead WIPO?

Dalindyebo Shabalala (CIEL) recently wrote an open letter concerning the upcoming WIPO elections

"Dear colleagues,

On May 15, 2008, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be choosing a new Director-General. Historically, the selection process has been non-transparent and closed to civil society. In an attempt to open up the process, CIEL, Third World Network, and a group of civil society organizations invited all 15 of the WIPO Director-General candidates to meet with civil society groups on April 15, 2008 in Geneva. Candidates were also asked to respond in writing to 8 questions.

A Webcast of the whole meeting in five sequences is available below:

Video 1 - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5093362967627971571&hl=en
Video 2 - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1312827334844132820&hl=en
Video 3 - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8845402997045229188&hl=en
Video 4 - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5105921436401561633&hl=en
Video 5 - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8998862960353259859&hl=en

Further information on who attended the meetings well as the written responses that have been received so far, can be found on the CIEL website at: http://www.ciel.org/Tae/WIPO_DirGen_15Apr.html

News reports on the WIPO DG candidates race and on the meeting with civil society can be found at:
http://ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=955 (Responses to 5 IP Watch Questions)
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=1016 (Report on meeting with Civil Society)
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=1002 (Report on Candidates meeting with member states)

We encourage civil society and other stakeholders to make their opinions and evaluations known and to engage as fully as possible in the discussion about who the best person should be to lead to WIPO."

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