Promotion of Books

June 10, 2020 1:23 pm Published by

Communiqué from the Latin American Blind Union (ulac) and the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (cerlalc-unesco) regarding the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty stimulates the collaboration of the international community by facilitating cross-border exchanges of books and print works in accessible formats. However, the public agenda cannot be limited to the implementation of the measures contemplated in the aforementioned Treaty. The shortcomings in the systems of production and dissemination of works in accessible formats do not derive from the current regulations on copyright, so the adoption of limitations and exceptions is not enough to promote access to content on equal basis. Comprehensive public policies are required to enable writing as transcendental social practices of social inclusion and factors of integral human development. The implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty must be carried out in harmony with the international commitments assumed within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Inter-American Convention for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities. Read more (in Spanish)

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