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James Anaya speaks at the WIPO IGC on rights of Indigenous Peoples  February 13, 2013 – 10:52 am
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Last week (4 – 8 February 2013), the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Inter-Governmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) met in Geneva for a five day meeting about a wide range of issues.

Of particular interest was a speech delivered at the opening of the meeting by James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. His address looked at some of the main issues and major challenges involved with protecting the intellectual property of Indigenous peoples around the world.

The main points from his address were:

  •  That there should be more participation from Indigenous people in decision-making on how to protect intellectual property and traditional knowledge.
  • Indigenous cultural and intellectual property is often communally owned rather than belonging to an individual or an organisation. Many intellectual property systems are not accommodating of this.
  •  The Indigenous right to self-determination means that Indigenous people should have ongoing involvement in how their culture and knowledge is researched and should be able to control how their genetic resources and knowledge are used.
  •  There are many examples of Indigenous traditional knowledge that would have valuable applications in a range of fields, from agriculture and mining to food production and pharmaceuticals.

Source: Terri Janke and Company

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