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The Global Congress is convened by the World Customs Organization, Interpol and the World Intellectual Property Organization, with the support and partnership of the world business community.

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is the only intergovernmental organisation exclusively focused on customs matters. With its worldwide membership, the WCO is now recognised as the voice of the global customs community. It is particularly noted for its work in areas covering the development of global standards, the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures, the security and facilitation of international trade, the promotion of revenue assurance and economic competitiveness, the enhancement of customs border enforcement activities, active anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, encouraging public-private partnerships, and sustainable customs capacity building and integrity promotion programmes.

In 1952, the Convention formally establishing the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) came into force. In 1994, after years of membership growth, the Council adopted the working name “World Customs Organization”, to more clearly reflect its transition to a truly global intergovernmental institution. The WCO is now the voice of 179 customs administrations on all continents at all stages of economic development. Today, WCO Members are responsible for processing more than 98% of all international trade – facilitating legitimate trade while securing the borders against illicit, dangerous and non-compliant trade.

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.

We work to ensure that police around the world have access to the tools and services necessary to do their jobs effectively. We provide targeted training, investigative support, relevant data and secure communications channels. This combined framework helps police on the ground understand crime trends, analyse information, conduct operations and, ultimately, arrest as many criminals as possible.

INTERPOL’s global network helps police on the ground to coordinate their efforts to make the world a safer place.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the UN dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. It has a mandate from its 185 member states to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other stakeholders.

WIPO’s activities fall broadly into three areas, namely, the progressive development of international IP law, IP capacity-building programs to support the efficient use of IP, particularly in developing countries, and services to industry which facilitate the process of obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and alternative dispute resolution options for private parties.

In order to provide broad-based support in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched BASCAP – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy. This operational platform will drive assertive action that integrates all business sectors and cuts across all national borders.

BASCAP will pursue the following objectives:

  • Connecting ongoing activities and coordinating business strategies and messages.
  • Producing information that has value to corporations and trade associations across sectors.
  • Amplifying business messages to governments and consumers.


  • Increase public and political awareness and understanding of counterfeiting and piracy activities and the associated economic and social harm.
  • Compel government action and the allocation of resources towards improved IPR enforcement.
  • Create a culture change where intellectual property is respected and protected.

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit membership association of more than 4,600 trademark owners and professionals, from more than 180 countries, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective national and international commerce.

INTA was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization "to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights." After 127 years, INTA continues its mission to represent the trademark community, shape public policy and advance professional knowledge and development.

INTA believes strongly that nations must work together and exchange information and ideas that will eliminate the threat posed by cheap, fake goods that illegally play on the good name of legitimate trademarks. With this belief INTA strongly advocates policies to advance protection against trademark counterfeiting and infringement. In doing so INTA analyzes and comments on treaties, laws, regulations, procedures and other enforcement mechanisms with respect to anticounterfeiting; engages and works with other anticounterfeiting associations and coalitions at all levels, and with governmental officials all over the world dealing with anticounterfeiting issues; and educates through government roundtables, forums and publications on anticounterfeiting.