Report of the UNCTAD-Commonwealth Secretariat Workshop on Elements of National Sui Generis Systems for the Preservation, Protection and Promotion of Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices and Options for an International Framework

Report of the UNCTAD-Commonwealth Secretariat Workshop on Elements of National Sui Generis Systems for the Preservation, Protection and Promotion of Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices and Options for an International Framework Report

UNCTAD/DITC/TED/2005/18

  • Author(s): UN-Conference on Trade and Development,
  • Secondary Author(s): United Nations Conference on Trade and Development,
  • Published: 2005
  • Publisher: United Nations

Abstract: This workshop brought together some 90 experts with a broad range of perspectives and expertise to brainstorm in an informal setting on possible actions and policies that could be included in national sui generis systems for the preservation, protection and promotion of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices (TK) and options for an international framework. It was jointly organized by the Commonwealth and UNCTAD secretariats, in cooperation with the Quaker United Nations Office. Participants in the workshop took part in their individual capacities and discussed the topics as outlined in the programme (Annex 1). The workshop intended to bring some clarity to the various TK-related objectives that policy makers might wish to pursue at national or other levels, and to match objectives with potential tools. The workshop focused in particular on the separate but inter-linked objectives of preserving TK, protecting TK, and promoting TK for development. For each of these objectives, a menu of possible actions was identified. It is envisaged that such a menu would be a useful input to national multi-stakeholder policy dialogues on TK.

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