Civil society participation

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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1. Introduction

1.1 Objectives and main activities

The UNDP[1] describes itself as “the UN's global development network, an organisation advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.” With a staff of almost 5,000, it has national offices in 166 countries.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

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1. Introduction

1.1 Objectives and main activities

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) [1] is the United Nations specialised agency that coordinates international treaties regarding intellectual property rights. Its 184 member states comprise over 90% of the countries of the world, who participate in WIPO to negotiate treaties and set policy on intellectual property matters such as patents, copyrights and trademarks.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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1. Introduction

1.1 Objectives and main activities

The overall objectives of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are to promote the development of telecommunication networks and access to telecommunication services by fostering cooperation among governments and a range of non-governmental actors that includes network operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers, scientific and technical organisations, financial organisations and development organisations.

The ITU’s main activities include:

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