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The 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 Congress to:

  • Raise awareness on the problems associated with counterfeiting and piracy
  • Promote better legislation and enforcement
  • Enhance cooperation and coordination
  • Build Capacity
  • Promote solutions, particularly in the key focus area of health and safety risks related to counterfeit products

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.