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World Intellectual Property Day 2024. IP And The SDGs: Building Our Common Future With Innovation And Creativity

April 26, 2024

World IP Day 2024 presents an opportunity to delve into how intellectual property (IP) not only encourages but also amplifies the innovative and creative solutions that are crucial for shaping our collective future.

IP serves as a powerful tool for advancing human progress and plays a pivotal role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were universally adopted by the United Nations in 2015, serving as a call to action to eradicate poverty, safeguard the planet, and ensure universal peace and prosperity by 2030.

Comprising 17 interlinked objectives, the SDGs acknowledge the interconnected nature of development, recognizing that actions in one domain impact outcomes in others. They emphasize the necessity of balancing social, economic, and environmental sustainability:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

While the challenges we confront are deep-seated and intricate, addressing them requires the collective contributions of creativity, expertise, technology, and financial resources from all segments of society.

Intellectual property serves as a catalyst for the innovation and creativity essential for propelling human progress. Linking IP to the SDGs enables us to harness its potential to make the world a better place.

Message from WIPO Director General, Daren Tang:

This text is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice. Should you require any additional information, feel free to contact us.


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