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The World Intellectual Property Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme have launched a joint study that explores the role of intellectual property rights and sharing benefits from the use of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge.
The Arts Council of Switzerland, Pro Helvetia, is launching a new programme to play up the country’s cultural diversity. The two-year project, which goes by the name of swixx, will show how different cultural identities influence the arts.
Switzerland’s arts council has played an important role in helping to rebuild cultural life in several former Soviet bloc countries since the fall of the Iron Curtain. But as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic prepare to join the European Union on May 1, their Swiss partner is facing cutbacks.
The Swiss Culture Foundation Pro Helvetia is undergoing a re-examination of its objectives and activities abroad.
An international treaty to give broadcasters the right to control who may record, transmit, or distribute their signals is reaching a crucial stage of negotiation by the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva.