WIPO Launches Publication on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge

United Nations (UCTP Taino News) – The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the L’auravetl’an Information & Education Network of Indigenous Peoples (LIENIP) have jointly developed a bilingual – English and Russian - publication entitled “Traditional Knowledge & Indigenous Peoples.” The publication was launched on 27 May 2009 at the 8th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York.

In 2007, LIENIP organized a series of educational conferences, aimed at fostering a greater understanding of the social nature of traditional knowledge while encouraging mutually-beneficial relationships across sectors. This publication is comprised of several articles written for and presentations made at these events, and also includes a glossary of related concepts.

The project highlights Traditional Knowledge as an important element of the intellectual and cultural heritage of Indigenous Peoples. The publication features contributions by S. Rama Rao (WIPO), Mattias Ahren (Sami, Sweden), Roberto Borrero (Taino, UCTP), Kenneth Deer (Mohawk, IITF), Ramiz Alakbarov (UNFPA), Jane Anderson (NYU), and Ann Gilliand (UCLA).

The publication is available in hard copy by request and is downloadable from the WIPO website at http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/folklore/culturalheritage/index.html .

A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO was created in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world".

UCTPTN 05.28.2009

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