|Merpel: too modest to stand|
for election this time round ...
Anyway, according to the WIPO newsflash:
Four candidatures for the post of Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) were received by 5 p.m. (Geneva time) on December 6, 2013, the deadline fixed [always a little squeamish about choice of vocabulary, this Kat prefers not to see the word "fixed" in the context of elections and competitive appointments] for the submission of names.The first-named candidate, Francis Gurry, is the incumbent Director General and the only one of the four to have his own Wikipedia page (here), though this Kat suspects that it won't be long before the others are there too -- and that there will be a good deal of blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking and general activity on the social media as interest increases in all four and in their respective messages and manifestos, even though the decision is made by WIPO Member States and not by
The candidates are (in alphabetical order of names of candidates): Mr. Francis Gurry (Australia), Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama (Nigeria), Mr. Jüri Seilenthal (Estonia), and Mr. Alfredo Suescum (Panama).
The WIPO Coordination Committee, which is composed of 83 member states, will meet on March 6 and 7, 2014 to nominate a candidate for appointment to this position by the WIPO General Assembly, which is scheduled on May 8 and 9, 2014.
The process of selecting a Director General is governed by the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization and “The Procedures for the Nomination and Appointment of Directors General of WIPO,” adopted by the General Assembly of WIPO in September 1998.
Naturally this weblog will keep readers abreast of developments. The last word goes to Merpel who says, between gritted teeth, "May the best man win ..."
Well, says the IPKat, we know who the men are. But which women should be running for the post of Director General next time round? Readers' suggestions are welcome.