Saturday, 20 December 2008

Morocco ties climate change to IP rights

Morocco has renewed its commitment to join international efforts to counter climate change, in last week's session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. However, it is plain that climate is an IP matter too: Secretary General in charge of the environment department Jamal Mahfoud noted that Morocco had launched several actions to develop an environment-friendly economic development, emphasising that other measures were underway to reduce emissions of greenhouse-effect gases and thus contribute to the global effort to counter global warming. He said:
"Taken individually, countries and regions cannot meet the challenges posed by the climate change unless an international, global and committed co-operation is achieved," he explained, recommending, in this regard, that a "Multilateral Fund on climate related technologies be established to facilitate access to technology and address the constraints of intellectual property rights".

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