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WBU Executive Committee meeting held in Ottawa, Canada

The World Blind Union Executive Committee meeting was held in Ottawa, Canada, May 29-June 1.  Delegates representing WBU regions came from as far as Mongolia, Tajikistan, Japan, Haiti, Rwanda among other countries.

WBU's international partners were also represented at the meeting including CBM International (Christian Blind Mission),  Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP), Danish Association of the Blind (DAB) and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). UN Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Aubrey Webson, also attended the meeting.
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Delegates at the WBU Executive meeting in Ottawa, Canada

Key issues discussed at the meeting included: Accelerating advocacy campaigns for ratification of Marrakesh Treaty, promotion of Human rights issues of blind and partially sighted persons, promotion of braille literacy, strengthening of international and cross regional collaborations, among other issues.

The Executive Committee also selected Madrid as the site for the 2020 WBU General Assembly. As with the past two General Assemblies, the 2020 Assembly will be jointly held with The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)​.

The meeting was hosted by Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) which celebrated it's 100 years anniversary. Delegates attended a special gala event to celebrate the anniversary​, and viewed a special historical exhibit - "That All May Read​”.

We interviewed some of the delegates who shared their impressions of the meeting and various initiatives happening in their countries and regions. The video interviews are available on WBU YouTube channel, WBU Facebook and  Twitter.

Meanwhile, the WBU North America and Caribbean region also held their meeting in Ottawa. Marrakesh Treaty was among key issues discussed at the regional meeting.

The World Blind Union wishes to thank all participants for their continued support and for their advocacy efforts to promote the rights of blind and partially sighted persons.