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The Geneva Declaration: Intellectual Property and Development Symposium

The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals aim to reduce hunger and poverty, improve health and education, and ensure environmental sustainability. There has been much international debate about whether intellectual property rights could play an instrumental role in achieving these goals. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been a focal point for discussions over intellectual property and development. Brazil, Argentina, and twelve other countries have proposed that WIPO should adopt a Development Agenda. In contrast, the United States has argued that WIPO should continue to promote intellectual property around the world as its way of fostering development. 

This symposium considered a number of key issues of the debate over intellectual property and development, including:

· the Geneva Declaration on the future of the World Intellectual Property Organization;
· the Development Agenda sponsored by Brazil and Argentina;
· the WIPO Partnership Program promoted by the United States;
· agricultural intellectual property and food security;
· trade mark law, Fair Trade labels, and other certification schemes;
· the transfer of technology to developing countries;
· copyright law, access to knowledge, and the creative commons;
· access to genetic resources, and traditional knowledge; and
· patent law, health-care and access to essential medicines.

Speakers:
Mr Geoff Burton
, Director, Genetic Resources Management Policy, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government, IP and the International Trade in Genetic Resources 
Dr Sasha Courville, Research Fellow in REgNet at The Australian National University and Chairperson of the Fairtrade Association of Australia and New Zealand, Protecting the Integrity of Fairtrade Labelling
Dr Warwick Neville, Solicitor, Bioethicist, and Researcher, RegNet, The Australian National University, Patent law, Health Care and Access to Essential Medicines 
Mr Ian Oi, Project Leader, Creative Commons Australia, and Special Counsel, Blake, Dawson and Waldron, Copyright Law, Access to Knowledge, and the Creative Commons 
Dr Matthew Rimmer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director, Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Faculty of Law, The Australian National University, Indian Spices: Intellectual Property, Agriculture and Food Security 
Ms Tanya Spisbah,  Knowledge Diffusion or Development Delusion - Technology Transfer in the WIPO Development Agenda