Critical Statement on IP by the Holy See

The Holy See (Sancta Sede) - not to be confused with the Vatican City over whose independent territory the Holy See is sovereign - is a subject of international law just as other states. Its possession of full legal personality in international law is shown by the fact that it maintains diplomatic relations with 178 states and that it is a member state in various intergovernmental international organizations, such as the United Nations and the WIPO. At the meeting of the WIPO General Assemblies on 21 September 2010, H.E. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, held a speech on the Holy See's view on intellectual property rights in the context of economic development of poor countries, which he also published on his blog Nunzio-UN. In fact, this topic appears to be on the Holy See's agenda, since Pope Benedict XVI.'s third Encyclical Letter "Caritas in veritate" of 29 June 2009 already disused the impact of technological progress, economic development, and globalisation on the economical and social situation of poor countries (see also here and here). Under the headline "human development in our time" (chapter II, § 22) modern intellectual property rights are compared with a number of causes of worldwide wealth inequalities, such as corruption and illegality, exploitation of workers and the like:
The world's wealth is growing in absolute terms, but inequalities are on the increase. In rich countries, new sectors of society are succumbing to poverty and new forms of poverty are emerging. In poorer areas some groups enjoy a sort of “superdevelopment” of a wasteful and consumerist kind which forms an unacceptable contrast with the ongoing situations of dehumanizing deprivation. [...] Corruption and illegality are unfortunately evident in the conduct of the economic and political class in rich countries, both old and new, as well as in poor ones ...
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