Sri Lanka has renewed its call to promote South-South Cooperation in the field of intellectual property for development.
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Chairman of the Personal Representatives of the Group of Fifteen (G-15), Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has urged World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva to act as a catalyst to increase triangular cooperation between developing countries and Least Developed Countries.
"WIPO should also act as a catalyst to increase triangular cooperation between developing countries and LDCs, through initiatives to identify best practices in the use of intellectual property for, inter alia, technology transfer, public health, food security and other global challenges in which intellectual property has an important role to play," he said.
Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations on behalf of the G-15 when he delivered a joint statement at the Second Annual Conference on South-South Cooperation on Intellectual Property and Development on 22 November. This was G-15's first-ever Joint Statement at WIPO.
The Group believes that South- South cooperation can play an important role in achieving the objectives outlined in the relevant recommendations of WIPO's Development Agenda.
"South-South Cooperation is the foundation under which the Group of Fifteen was created. We made it a tool for developing important and strategic partnerships to promote sustainable growth and contribute to the social development of our countries," the Ambassador said in his statement.
The Group of Fifteen is a summit level group of developing countries, comprising 17 member states - Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
The Foreign Ministers of G-15 in their 36th Annual Meeting in New York on 27 September 2103 decided to include "Intellectual Property and Development" as one of the four new thematic areas of focus for the Group in the coming years. Other three thematic areas identified include: Information Communication Technology; Renewable Energy; and Migration and Development.