The EU and its Member States would like to express our continued support to the important work carried out by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP). We are pleased to note that the Committee has successfully followed its mandate by developing and updating a work program for the implementation of the 45 adopted Development Agenda Recommendations (DARs) and by discussing various IP and development related issues, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lately the impacts of digitalization and new technologies.
Referring to the Summaries by the Chair of the twenty-second and twenty-third sessions of the CDIP and to the Director General’s Report on the Implementation of the Development Agenda in 2018, which together constitute the Committee’s report to this Assembly, we note with appreciation that continuous progress has been achieved in implementing the DARs and in mainstreaming them in the work of WIPO. We particularly compliment the diverse technical assistance and capacity-building activities, which were development-oriented, demand-driven and addressed to the specific needs of beneficiaries.
The EU and its Member States would like to continue to emphasize our commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe WIPO has an important role in supporting and assisting its Member States in their efforts to reach the SDGs - focusing especially on the SDGs most relevant to WIPO’s mandate and the aim of promoting protection of IP. We encourage WIPO to make the most of its new website on SDGs by disseminating information and sharing best practices on how to use IP for achieving the SDGs.
The EU and its Member States are glad to note the decision taken by the Committee at its twenty-second session on “Women and IP”. Promoting gender equality is a priority of the European Union and we fully support the objectives of the decision. We believe that encouraging innovation and creativity among women and fostering their talents in science, technology and arts, together with increased IP education, will benefit all countries and all levels of society.
We look forward to more interesting and thought-provoking discussions under the agenda item “Intellectual Property and Development”, notably on the topics “MSMEs, Innovation and Intellectual Property” and “Intellectual Property and Creative Economy” at the next two sessions of the CDIP.
In conclusion, we acknowledge the extensive work performed by the CDIP, especially through the varied projects conducted. We remain committed to contributing to further progress in the Committee’s field, bearing in mind WIPO’s objective to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States.