Date and Time: Thursday 5th December 2013 ~~~ 9:00 – 10:30
Location: Orchid Room
Theme: Trade and Economic Development


World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Session Objectives

• Making the connection between policy making on sustainable development and discussions related to the post-2015 development framework and the key role of science, technology and innovation.
• Increased recognition of the importance of innovation data, evidence and analysis to support the achievement of sustainable development.
• Greater awareness of the tools available to policy makers.


Innovation is key to development. Policy-makers need evidence based tools to help them in their decision making as they select between policy choices which are best suited to creating enabling environments for innovation eco-systems, allowing them to flourish and to serve economic, cultural and social development in a sustainable manner. One of the Strategic Goals of WIPO is to serve this need by providing up-to-date and accurate innovation data, evidence and analysis, in particular as the generator and repository of outstanding collections of technology disclosures, brand data and technical and legal intellectual property information.

The Global Innovation Index (GII) co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD has established itself as a leading reference in innovation for researchers and for public and private decision makers. It has evolved into a valuable benchmarking tool to facilitate public-private dialogue and recognizes the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity and adopts an inclusive, horizontal vision of innovation.

The purpose of this session will be to explore how the GII and other similar innovation data products, such as the World IP Report and Patent Landscape Reports will be critical tools in support of the achievement of sustainable development goals and how they fit into discussion on the post 2015 development framework. The session will take the form of a short presentation followed by a brief panel discussion and a dialogue with participants attending the session.