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For developing countries the coming century of knowledge-based growth raises several basic development priorities. One of these basic priorities is to think creatively about models of governance for the production of knowledge that maximise the participation of developing countries in the processes of innovation and the spillover benefits of knowledge, while minimising the social cost of accumulating knowledge. One strategy for meeting this priority is to establish a framework agreement that contains guiding principles on access to knowledge. Following a WIPO General Assembly decision to examine proposals for a development agenda put forward by Argentina and Brazil in 2004, an initiative to draft the text of a Treaty on Access to Knowledge is currently being led by a coalition of civil society actors coordinated by the Consumer Project on Technology (CPTech).