about each of the Congress Partners
Global Congress Steering Group is comprised of
the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Criminal
Police Organization (INTERPOL), the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
and the International Trademark Association (INTA).
The parties have
formed this unique, international public-private partnership based
on a mutual commitment to combat counterfeiting and piracy, and
a recognition that the public sector and private sector must work
together to find solutions to the growing international problem.
They recognize and respect the distinct capabilities of one another,
believing that their collective knowledge, skills, mandates and
contributions provide a unique, powerful and influential approach
to effectively combat the counterfeiting and piracy problem.
The WCO, INTERPOL
and WIPO are the key international governmental organizations
involved in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, and their
views and voice on the issue with their member states and world
governments is critical to finding and implementing solutions.
The ICC and INTA are global business organizations actively engaged
in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. All three embody
the principle that business and governments must work together
to achieve more effective protection of intellectual property.
The primary objective
of the Steering Group is to organize and host an annual Global
- Raise awareness on the problems
associated with counterfeiting and piracy
- Promote better legislation and
- Enhance cooperation and coordination
- Build Capacity
- Promote solutions, particularly
in the key focus area of health and safety risks related to
The Steering Group is supported
by a Secretariat, that is primarily responsible for the effective
day to day management of the Steering Group affairs and interests
and executing tasks assigned the Steering Group, such as coordinating
all aspects of the planning for each Congress and developing appropriate
strategy and organizational papers.