Take on development agenda, NGOs urge WIPO

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, 19 July 2005

Non-governmental organisations from across the globe have come out in support of a proposal submitted by the Group of Friends of Development (FoD) for a development agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)." Some 99 organisations have supported the demand, at the time of writing..


Making a compelling case backed by arguments on diverse fronts, a five-point statement calls for amending the WIPO convention and including a specific "development dimension, consistent with WIPO’s obligation as a UN agency". It also calls for elaboration of a treaty on access to knowledge and technology


APC partners that have signed the statement include apc.au, Australia; Bytes4All, South Asia; Colnodo, Colombia; Fantsuam Foundation, Nigeria; Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Philippines; Greennet, UK; Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM), Uruguay; Jinbonet, South Korea; Open Forum, Cambodia; RITS, Brazil; and Women’sNet, South Africa.


Signatory NGOs said, "We, the undersigned public interest non-governmental organizations support the adoption of the proposal submitted by the Group of Friends of Development (FoD) for a Development Agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)".


Those signing it, in order of signing (as of July 19), were:


1. IP Justice ~ International


2. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) ~ International


3. Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL.net) ~ Italy


4. Netzwerk Neue Medien ~ Germany


5. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) ~ International


6. Public Knowledge ~ USA


7. CPSR-Peru ~ Peru


8. Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) ~ Philippines


9. Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) ~ International


10. Professional Leaders Forum (PLF) ~ Nigeria


11. Promoting SA Music ~ South Africa


12. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights ~ Egypt


13. Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) ~ UK


14. Institute for Sustainable Development and Research (ISDR) ~ India


15. Jaring Foundation ~ Indonesia


16. Health Information for Development (HID) ~ UK


17. International Alliance on Information Access (IAIA) ~ UK


18. Coastal Development Partnership (CDP) ~ Thailand


19. Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) ~ UK


20. IPLeft ~ South Korea


21. SAMADHAN ~ India


22. Jyotirmayee Mahila Samiti ~ India


23. Mahavir Yubak Sangh ~ India


24. Integrated Social Development Effort (ISDE) ~ Bangladesh


25. Luca Coscioni Association for Freedom of Scientific Research ~ Italy


26. Transnational Radical Party ~ International


27. Association Electronique Libre (AEL ASBL) ~ Belgium


28. Bytes For All ~ International


29. Committee for the Promotion of Public Awareness and Development Studies (COPPADES) ~ Nepal


30. SAARATHI ~ Bangalore


31. Bikash Bharati Welfare Society ~ India


32. Australian Digital Alliance ~ Australia


33. Australian Libraries’ Copyright Committee ~ Australia


34. Shakti Vahini ~ India


35. Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) ~ International


36. Heinrich-Boell-Foundation ~ Berlin, Germany


37. IP Charter ~ UK


38. South Africa Medical Research Council Library & Information Services ~ South Africa


39. Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) ~ Germany


40. Association Informatio-Consortium ~ Kyiv, Ukraine


41. Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Superieur du Senegal (COBESS) ~ Senegal


42. Georgian Library Association ~ Tbilisi, Georgia


43. Albanian Library Association ~ Albania


44. Albanian Publishers Association ~ Albania


45. Albanian Libraries Consortium ~ Albania


46. Digital Imaging South Africa (DISA) ~ Natal, South Africa


47. National Electronic Information Consortium (NEICON) ~ Moscow, Russia


48. Foundation of Tertiary Institutions of the Northern Metropolis (FOTIM) ~ South Africa


49. Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium ~ Zimbabwe


50. FreePress.net ~ USA


51. French-Speaking Association of the Users of Linux and Free-Software ~ International


52. Matseliso MOSHOESHOE-CHADZINGWA ~ Lesotho


53. Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure ~ International


54. Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) ~ Bangladesh


55. Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet ~ South Korea


56. INKLING ~ India


57. ICESA City Campus ~ South Africa


58. Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) ~ Australia


59. Flemish Association of Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres ~ Belgium


60. Institute for Global Communications ~ International


61. Association for Progressive Communications Australia ~ Australia


62. Colnodo ~ Colombia


63. Greennet ~ UK


64. Instituto del Tercer Mundo (IteM) ~ Uruguay


65. Open Forum ~ Cambodia


66. Jeevan Sanstha ~ India


67. Sierra Leone Association of Archivists, Librarians and Information Scientists (SLAALIS) ~ Sierra Leone


68. Women’sNet – South Africa


69. World Blind Union ~ International


70. Serbian Academic Library Association ~ Serbia


71. Nederlandse Vereniging voor Beroepsbeoefenaren in de Informatie-, Bibliotheek- en Kennissector (NVB / The Dutch Librairians Organisation)


72. Laos Library and Information Consortium (LALIC)~ Laos


73. LACA: The Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance ~ UK


74. Cambodian Electronic Information for Libraries Consortium (Cam-eIFL) ~ Cambodia


75. University of Swaziland


76. Bulgarian Information Consortium ~ Bulgaria


77. Library and Information Consortia of Kyrgyzstan ~ Kyrgystan


78. Information Network for the Third Sector (Rits) ~ Brazil


79. Unimondo ~ Italy


80. Zamirnet ~ Croatia


81. Fantsuam Foundation ~ Nigeria


82. Green Spider Foundation ~ Hungary


83. Community Education Computer Society (CECS)~ South Africa


84. Swiss Internet User Group (SIUG) ~ Switzerland


85. Privatkopie.net ~ Germany


86. Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) ~ Uganda


87. Lithuanian Research Library Consortium ~ Lithuania


88. Lithuanian Librarians’ Association ~ Lithuania


89. Consortium of Slovenian Electronic Collections (COSEC) ~ Slovenia


90. American Association of Law Libraries ~ United States of America


91. Electronic Information for Libraries ­ Nigeria ~ Nigeria


92. Poznan Foundation of Scientific Libraries ~ Poland


93. Uzbekistan Library Association ~ Uzbekistan


94. Cameroon Consortium of Libraries in Higher Institution ~ Cameroon


95. European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) ~ Belgium


96. OneWorld South East Europe (OWSEE) ~ The Balkans


97. Federation of Organisations in the field of Libraries, Information and Documentation (FOBID) ~ The Netherlands


98. Coalition of South African Library Consortia


99. European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) ~ The Netherlands


NGOs willing to sign this statement were asked to email Robin Gross at IP Justice, at robin@ipjustice.org with Tuesday, 19 July 2005 as the last date to be included in the printed version.




Author: —- ()
Contact: robin@ipjustice.org
Source: IP Justice
Date: 07/19/2005
Location: SAN FRANCISCO, California
Category: Campaigns

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