World Intellectual Property Organization

Global Challenges Division

The Global Challenges Division is responsible for addressing innovation and IP at the nexus of interconnected global issues, in particular global health, climate change and food security.

These three subject areas have been chosen because developing countries face particularly acute challenges in these domains and because solutions from innovation-driven initiatives are feasible.

The Division is part of the Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges.


What we are trying to achieve

Our work aims to contribute to the following expected results in 2014/15:

  • Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition ( III.2 ).
  • Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity ( IV.2 ).
  • IP-based tools are used for knowledge transfer, technology adaption and diffusion from developed to developing countries particularly least developed countries, to address global challenges (VII.2).

These contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goals III: "facilitating the use of IP for development", IV "coordination and development of global IP infrastructure", and VII "addressing IP in relation to global policy issues".

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