IFIA’s Partnership in WIPO Green
On Wednesday, 24 February 2016, IFIA President, Alireza Rastegar, IFIA Executive Committee member, Hosein Vaezi Ashtiani and IFIA Strategic Planning and Cooperation Manager, Masoud Shafaghi scheduled a meeting with Anatole Krattiger, Director of WIPO Global Challenges Division and Anja Von Der Ropp, the Program Officer of Climate Change and Food Security of WIPO Global Challenges Division to discuss IFIA’s partnership in WIPO GREEN Project.
Elaborating on the activities and projects implemented by IFIA during his presidency period, Mr. Rastegar added “ IFIA has always stressed the importance of addressing climate change and encouraged its members to come up with green technologies to tackle this critical problem and welcomes the opportunity of cooperation with WIPO GREEN”.
In a serious attempt to address the climate change, IFIA, representing 135 associations, universities, research centers and companies joins WIPO Green as Partner.
IFIA’s partnership in WIPO GREEN, an online marketplace aiming to accelerate the development and deployment of green technologies, provides an outstanding opportunity for the members to connect with key global partners, the potential licensees, potential funders, and technology seekers from all around the world.
The inclusion of IFIA Green innovations in WIPO GREEN database which assembles in one place technologies at all stages of development – from upstream research to marketable products (and everything in between), makes them available for license, collaboration, joint ventures and sale.
WIPO GREEN seeks to overcome some of the complex challenges that often hamper rapid and broad diffusion and uptake of much needed green technologies. By injecting greater transparency into the green technology market, it seeks to encourage more active exchange creating opportunities for solutions that work in one part of the world to be applied elsewhere. “The platform allows both the providers and the seekers of technology to communicate, to understand and know which technologies are available and how they can be accessed,” notes Zitouni Ould-Dada, Head of Technology Unit at UNEP.
During the meeting, the parties endorsed an agreement to form bilateral cooperation under the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) so that IFIA, being a potential provider of Green technologies and WIPO, having a strong network of technology seekers can deal with the ever-rising challenge of climate change.