WIPO - anglais
|In 1997, the millésime of the Vigne des Nations was awarded to the 182-nation World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to express the State of Geneva’s appreciation of its work in promoting the use and protection of the works of the human spirit. This intellectual property is expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts.|
WIPO administers 23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property protection and plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations system.
Its main objectives are maintenance and further development of the respect for intellectual property throughout the world. This means that any erosion of the existing protection should be prevented, and that both the acquisition of the protection and, once acquired, its enforcement, should be simpler, cheaper and more secure.
The 21st century faces many challenges- including bridging the widening knowledge divide, the reduction of poverty, and the attainment of prosperity for all. The success of a country in meeting these challenges will depend upon its ability to develop, utilize and protect its national creativity and innovation. An effective intellectual property (IP) system allied to pro-active policy-making and focused strategic planning, will help the nation to promote and protect its intellectual assets, driving economic growth and wealth creation.
Geneva offers its full support for WIPO's objective for the new century of promoting the effective protection and use of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation with and among Member States and all other stakeholders. WIPO works to achieve this by creating an environment and infrastructure conducive to better understanding of the contribution of IP to human life through economic, social and cultural development. Inn particular, it assists developing countries in their capacity building for greater access to, and use of, the IP system.