The South Centre, with headquarters in Geneva, is an intergovernmental organization and think tank of developing countries established by an intergovernmental treaty that came into force on 31 July 1995. It currently has 50 Member Countries. The Centre has grown out of the work and experience of the South Commission and its follow-up mechanism, and from recognition of the need for enhanced South–South cooperation. The Report of the South Commission emphasized that the South is not well organized at the global level and has thus not been effective in mobilizing its considerable combined expertise and experience, nor its bargaining power. The South Centre meets the need for analysis of development problems and experience, and provides intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action, particularly in the international arena. The Innovation, Access to Knowledge and Intellectual Property Programme (IAKP) is one of three major institutional pillars of the Centre. The mission of the IAKP is to contribute to the development, coordinated use and improvement of the capacity of developing countries and their institutions to integrate the development dimension into their innovation, access to knowledge and intellectual property policies. The objective of the IAKP is to ensure that global, regional and national rules facilitate the generation of knowledge, goods and services in key areas such as health, industry and agriculture and that such knowledge, goods and services are available and affordable for all. For more information, visit the South Centre website at http:// www.southcentre.org (English,...
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