Let The WIPO Dialogues Begin!Published on 1 June 2011 @ 9:47 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
Negotiators at the UN World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva will have a new conference hall in which to debate in 2013, with construction starting this summer, according to a press release.
The release is here.
The new space will include some 900 seats and several small meeting rooms in the main building. This answers a growing need for multilateral and bilateral consultations, the release said, in particular during intergovernmental meetings at WIPO.
The conference hall project [pdf] is the last of a series of WIPO construction projects, and follows the completion of a new administrative building (IPW, WIPO, 26 April 2011), which will be officially inaugurated on 26 September, on the first day of the institutionâ€™s annual Assemblies.
Member states previously earmarked Swiss francs 64.2 million for the conference hall project, which will give â€œpriority to sustainability, using local wood, natural light, hybrid ventilation,â€ and employ a cooling system drawing water from Lake LÃ©man (Lake Geneva), the release said.