Building Project on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Sustainable
Development is being implemented by the United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
two years. The main goals of the project are as follows:
- To improve
understanding of the development implications of the TRIPS Agreement.
- To strengthen
the analytical and negotiating capacity of developing countries
so that they are better able to participate in IPR-related negotiations
in an informed fashion in furtherance of their sustainable development
of the project
is producing a series of documents through a participatory process
involving trade negotiators, national policy makers, as well as
eminent experts in the field, the media, NGOs, international organizations,
and institutions in the North and the South dealing with IPRs
and development. The published outputs are not intended to be
academic exercises, but instruments that, in their final forms,
will be the result of a thorough process of consultation. This
is being achieved by rapid development of working drafts and circulation
of these to experts and to the intended audiences for their comments.
These documents include:
is intended to be a clear, jargon-free synthesis of the main
issues to help policy makers, stakeholders and the public in
developing and developed countries to understand the varying
perspectives surrounding different IPRs, their known or possible
impact on sustainable livelihoods and development, and different
policy positions over TRIPS.
A series of policy-oriented research papers on specific
IP issues, written by regional experts. The studies focus on
specific IP issues that have been identified as research gaps
by particpants in UNCTAD-ICTSD Regional Dialogues. They aim
is to increase the visibility of developing country concerns
and evidence in IP debates, and to contribute directly to the
national and regional policy-making. The studies involve collaboration
between regional research institutions in developing countries.
on background material includes a literature survey on intellectual
property rights and sustainable human development and ongoing
work in the areas covered by the project. In addition, a typology
of developing countries in relation to IPR issues and based
on their technological development will be elaborated. Data
on technology-related indicators, as well as other relevant
information, including royalty payments, will be collected and
Book on TRIPS and Development
is conceived as a guide that will provide background and technical
information on the main issues under discussion in TRIPS. It
should be a practical tool for negotiators and policymakers
in order to facilitate their informed participation in negotiations
and decision-making processes.
The Project provides a series of Case Studies on various IPR
issues to supplement the Resource Book and the Paper. This allows
concrete evidence to emerge and shed light on the impact and
relevance of IPRs in developing countries. The case studies
have been selected on the basis of concerns expressed by developing
countries as well as priority areas identified by their negotiators.
sectors such as compulsory licensing, technology transfer, food
security, and geographical indications.
of the outputs is taking place through the Project website, and
through a series of regional workshops. Five workshops are envisaged,
in principle, in different parts of the developing world. They
will take place during the second phase of the Project in order
to benefit from the work accomplished during the first phase.
They will build on regional meetings and networks being developed
by other institutions working in related areas (such as the Quaker
United Nations Office, Geneva.
is managed jointly by the UNCTAD secretariat and ICTSD, and is
guided by a steering committee consisting of Mr Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz
(Executive Director of ICTSD), Mr James Zhan (Chief, International
Arrangements Section, DITE), Mr Pedro Roffe (Project Director,
ICTSD); supported by Mr Christoph Spennemann (UNCTAD), Mr David
Vivas (ICTSD) and Ms Gina Vea (ICTSD).
A Panel of
Reviewers consisting of specialist on intellectual property rights
has been established to provide guidance and orientation to the
various phases of the implementation of the Project and to ensure
that the outputs achieve high standards of quality and objectivity.