WIPO General Assembly 2018 adopts decision on work plan for Broadcasting Treaty

On Friday, 28 September 2018, the WIPO General Assembly adopted a decision paragraph in relation to a roadmap for the proposed WIPO Broadcasting Treaty. The consensus language was reached during informal consultations on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 facilitated by Daren Tang, the outgoing Chair of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).

The General Assembly adopted the decision paragraph by consensus. The text reads:

Proposed Agenda Item 14 Decision Paragraph

The WIPO General Assembly:

1. took note of the “Report on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights” (document WO/GA/50/3);

2. directed the SCCR to:

a. make best efforts to achieve consensus on the remaining outstanding issues related to the proposed treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations during SCCR/37 and SCCR/38 and

b. take stock of the progress made at SCCR/38 and if consensus has been reached on outstanding issues, propose a recommendation to the General Assembly to approve a date and venue for a diplomatic conference to adopt the treaty; and

3. directed the SCCR to continue its work regarding the other issues reported on in document WO/GA/50/3.