We reported earlier on the intention of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an organ of the United Nations to admit a Nigerian NGO, Friends of the Creators Artistic Foundation (FCF) as a permanent observer.
Amazingly, the WIPO has admitted Friends of the Creators Artistic Foundation (FCF) as a permanent observer.
The decision was reached on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2019 by 10:38am at the ongoing WIPO meeting taking place in Geneva with over 1,000 delegates from its 192 member-states in attendance.
Other NGOs admitted alongside FCF as Permanent Observers include the following international organizations: Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) – America; International Generic and Biosimilar medicine Association (IGBA) – Switzerland and Knowman Institute – Germany.
Others are the following national organizations: Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society Ltd (ALCS) – London, UK; Brand Protection Group (BPG) – Lebanon; Myanmar Intellectual Property Proprietors’ Association (MIPPA) – Myanmar; Native American Rights Fund (NARF) – USA; and Professional Union of Broadcasting Organizations (RATEM) – Turkey.
Reacting to the development, the Secretary Board of Trustees and Co-founder of FCF, Barr. Rockson Igelige expresses delight, stating that the admission will not just make FCF stronger but also inspire the foundation to work harder in a bid to fulfill its core mandate. He thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigerian Permanent Representative in Geneva and the Director General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) for the critical role they played in ensuring the application of FCF is given due consideration.