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Chapter 8: External relations and transparency
Several components of WIPO’s governance system have a bearing on the organisation’s external relations and transparency. This chapter reviews agreements and practices relevant to WIPO’s relations with the UN system and other international organisations; WIPO’s unique relationship with private sector stakeholders; its guidelines on observers; and policies and practices with regard to transparency and access to documents. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s 1974 Agreement with the UN includes a number of concrete provisions regarding the coordination of WIPO’s policies and activities with the wider UN system, which are implemented to varying degrees by WIPO’s Secretariat and Member States in their respective areas of responsibility (see Appendix 2 for the text of the UN-WIPO Agreement). In formally establishing WIPO’s status as a UN Specialized Agency, Article 1 of the UN-WIPO agreement described the organisation’s purpose as ‘promoting creative intellectual activity and . . . facilitating the transfer of technology related to industrial property to . . . the developing countries in order to accelerate economic, social and cultural development.’
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