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Media Note: WIPO General Assembly
May 8, 2014

The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) confirmed the re-election of Director General Francis Gurry on May 8.  The United States looks forward to working closely with the Director General and WIPO Member States to ensure that WIPO is a strong, well governed and forward-looking institution that is responsive to Member States.

The United States is deeply committed to the principles of transparency and accountability, including whistleblower protections, in all international organizations.  We strongly support the call made in the General Assembly meeting today for a full, independent, and external investigation of the entirety of the complaint filed by a WIPO Deputy Director General.  We expect this investigation to be implemented promptly and executed expeditiously.