Ukrainian delegation is taking part in the working session of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property.
This week, the 31st session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is taking place at the WIPO headquarters. The Ukrainian delegation, headed by the First Deputy Director of Ukrainian IP Office Bohdan Paduchak, with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, also joined the active work.
Since the moment of its foundation, CDIP has been WIPO`s central authority responsible for coordinating the implementation of the 45 adopted recommendations under the WIPO`s Development Agenda (DA). The CDIP regularly monitors the implementation of each DA recommendation through Progress Reports, which include reports on the activities of the relevant WIPO sectors and divisions, as well as Reports by the Director General on the CDIP’s activities.
The 31st session of the meeting was opened by WIPO’s Deputy Director General for Regional and National Development Hasan Kleib, who emphasized the crucial role of IP for economic development, improving living standards and maintaining the balance of the international ecosystem, developing partnerships between all its participants. He emphasized that the community’s focus remains on supporting small and medium-sized businesses, strengthening the role of women and youth, and the impact of climate change.
The discussion was focused on monitoring, evaluation, discussion and reporting on the implementation of all DA recommendations. The relevant report is presented in document CDIP/31/2, which contains a detailed overview of WIPO’s achievements in implementing the DA recommendations, WIPO’s expected results, as well as related DA projects. Thus, one of WIPO’s activities under DA Recommendation 1 on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building is “finalization of a needs-assessment on technical assistance and other solutions to assure the business continuity and development of the Ukrainian National Office for Intellectual Property and Innovations (UANIPIO).
For each recommendation, the report outlines the implementation strategy adopted by the Committee.
In addition, the following WIPO guides were presented:
The session will also discuss topics for the next International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development (2025).
The mandate of the CDIP covers the consideration and discussion of key initiatives aimed at addressing global challenges and unlocking the potential of intellectual property in various sectors, in line with WIPO’s Medium-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) for 2022-2026 and the Sustainable Development Goals and Economic Growth (SDGs).
However, the goals of the global IP community and the effective development of the sphere cannot be fully achieved without taking into account global challenges, the catalyst for which was the full-scale war in Ukraine.
In particular, in his speech, the First Deputy Director of the IP Office Bohdan Paduchak emphasized that despite the significant efforts of WIPO and its member states in addressing global issues, the aggressive war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine devalues all these achievements and only deepens the existing challenges:
“russia continues to use food as a weapon. As a result of massive attacks since russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Ukraine suffered a reduction in the export potential of its ports by 40%, and approximately 300,000 tons of grain was destroyed. The export of grain cargoes to the countries of Asia, Africa and Europe was reduced by almost
3 million tons per month.
russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s energy system caused losses of more than 11 bln USD, according to the assessment by the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank”.
Bohdan Paduchak once again called on the international community to continue its policy of Russia’s isolating:
“russia has no right to shape further the international agenda. It was ousted from more than 27 international organizations, and just recently, Russia was not elected to the International Court of Justice for the first time since 1946.”
Ramiz Ramazanov, Counselor, Economic Section, Permanent Mission of Ukraine
to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva
The statement of Ukraine was supported by the representatives of the following delegations:
The issues considered at the Committee session are also important for Ukraine in view of the IP Office’s (UANIPIO) performance of NIPA functions, as well as the implementation of projects aimed at supporting the innovation and creative sectors of Ukraine. In particular, the projects jointly with WIPO include the development of a network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs), the establishment of the National Intellectual Property Training Center (IP Academy), the establishment of the IP Mediation Center, etc.