Francis Gurry has been formally endorsed as the new director general of WIPO on the opening day of the UN agency's General Assembly, which is taking place in Geneva. Gurry was nominated for the post back in May following an election process in which he defeated José Graça Aranha, the candidate from Brazil by one vote. Subsequent to the election, the Brazilian government expressed its disquiet at the result and there was talk of a challenge to Gurry's nomination. However, that clearly did not materialise; or, if it did, it was unsuccessful. Gurry will take up his new position on 1st October. He has one hell of a job on his hands.

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