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Chapter 3: WIPO’s governance system: an analytical framework
The Member States of WIPO have discussed reform of the organisation’s governance for over 18 years, provoking debates in a number of WIPO’s decision-making and advisory bodies, as well as among stakeholders and within the Secretariat. The discussions have also given rise to a number of reports and reviews of WIPO governance that form part of the organisation’s official records (see Table 3.1) and highlight the shifting focus of debate over time. In this book, the term ‘governance system’ refers to the web of treaty provisions, rules, regulations, policies and practices that impact how WIPO Member States provide strategic direction and oversight of WIPO’s activities; exercise authority and control over the organisation; and with stakeholders, hold the Secretariat to account. Whereas much of the official documentation of WIPO’s governance focuses on the structure for decision-making, this book proposes a broader approach to WIPO’s governance system.
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