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WIPO General Assembly adopts treaty on enhancing ” Genetic Resources”

The proposed treaty was adopted by WIPO General Assembly at its conference held in Geneva. Deputy AG Diana Asonaba Dapaah represented Ghana

After over two decades of negotiations, the African Group proposed to convene a Diplomatic Conference to conclude a treaty on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Associated with Genetic Resources (the ‘Treaty’), during the 2022 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly.

This proposal was adopted by the General Assembly and a decision was made to hold the Diplomatic Conference no later than 2024.

The purpose of the Treaty is to enhance the efficacy, transparency, and quality of the patent system about genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources and to help prevent patents from being granted erroneously for inventions that are not novel or inventive about genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.

The Diplomatic Conference was scheduled for 13 to 24 May 2024 at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

After 12 days of intense negotiations and discussions, a treaty was adopted, thanks to the gallant efforts of the African Group and other groups who engaged in the deliberations.

The Treaty acknowledges the invaluable contributions of genetic resources and the traditional knowledge preserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and sets a framework for preserving biodiversity and ensuring that future generations can enjoy the rich heritage that these resources and knowledge represent.

Under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Republic of Ghana is proud to be part of this history-making geared towards sustainable development.

The Deputy Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Diana Asonaba Dapaah, was honoured to sign the treaty on behalf of the Republic of Ghana during the signing ceremony held on the final day of the Diplomatic Conference.

The Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, under the stellar leadership of the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, according to Diana Asonaba Dapaah, is particularly grateful to the Registrar-General, Mrs Grace Ama Issahaque, and the experts who represented Ghana at the Diplomatic Conference, Professor Hans Adu Dapaah and Professor Paul Kuruk.

She also registered her special thanks to Ambassador Emmanuel Antwi, Permanent Representative of the Ghana Permanent Mission in Geneva, and Mrs Audrey Neequaye, First Secretary, Ghana Permanent Mission, Geneva, and to all who promoted Ghana’s interest in the discussions over the years.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Its mandate, governing bodies, and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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