Minister of Culture Ms. Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson leads the Lithuanian delegation at 58th series of General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
From 24 September to 2 October, the 58th series of WIPO Assemblies take place in Geneva. About 1200 participants from 191 WIPO Member States take part in this highest WIPO body with a view to discussing and adopting important decisions on WIPO governance, normative agenda and regular work.
The delegation of Lithuania, this year co-ordinating and representing the position of the 18 members of the Central European and Baltic States (CEBS) regional group, underscores the importance of finalising negotiations on Design Law Treaty, constructive engagement of the CEBS Group in negotiations with regard to adoption of the Treaty on Protection of Broadcasting Organizations and actively engages in WIPO work on other important issues. Lithuania, as well as the CEBS Group, positively evaluates WIPO performance, including provision of high quality services on IP protection, and welcomes WIPO’s positive financial results for six consecutive years, with more than 18 million Swiss francs budget surplus in 2017.
On the first day of the Assemblies a gala event to celebrate the Baltic States’ Centenary took place. At the event, musicians of three Baltic States „Three Winds“ led by Saulius Petreikis from Lithuania presented musical performance; culinary heritage of the Baltic States was introduced to the guests. Samples of innovative products and design from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are presented at the exhibition „Creativity and Innovation Inspired by Nature“, which is on display at WIPO until the end of the Assemblies on 2 October 2018.
The delegation of Lithuania at the Assemblies consists of representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the State Patent Bureau and the Permanent Mission of to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, and is led by the Minister of Culture Liana Ruokyte-Jonsson.