A coalition of 19 developing countries (Algeria, Brazil, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uruguay and Yemen), whose objective is to advocate for a more development-friendly agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was presented during the last meeting of WIPO´s Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).
According to the declaration of the Egyptian representative who spoke on behalf of the group, the WIPO Development Agenda Group (DAG) is “an open and inclusive group consisting of WIPO Member States that are like-minded in their support for a development-oriented perspective on intellectual property issues, and the mainstreaming of the Development Agenda across all areas of WIPO’s work.[…] DAG represents the determination to accommodate the unique and specific interests and development needs of WIPO Member states on all IP matters”.
The DAG takes up the legacy of the Group of Friends of Development (FOD), which had a central role in advancing WIPO´s Development Agenda initiative in 2004. Furthermore, three years ago FOD´s contribution led to the adoption of 45 recommendations aimed at incorporating the development dimension in all of WIPO’s activities.
The presentation of the DAG included the enunciation of a series of guiding principles, including the need to implement a “development compatible approach to all norm setting activities” and the need for WIPO to “provide balanced advice on appropriate national IP strategies based in available flexibilities, exceptions and limitations.”
On the second day of the CDIP session, the DAG unanimously supported the proposal that urges the CDIP to organize special sessions aimed at coordinating the implementation of the Development Agenda in all of WIPO’s work. This proposal, presented in November 2009 by Algeria, Brazil and Pakistan, also calls for the review by the WIPO Audit Committee of the current level of implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations