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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
- 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.
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
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.