WBU joins WIPO in celebrating 10years of the Marrakesh Treaty

July 17, 2023 3:02 am Published by

WBU President Martine Abel Williamson close up photo giving her speech at WIPO in Geneva

World Blind Union (WBU) joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to mark 10 years of the Marrakesh treaty in Geneva at the WIPO headquarters.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Martine Abel-Williamson, World Blind Union (WBU) President, recalled the WBU’s pivotal role in advocating for the Treaty and ongoing efforts to ensure its full implementation. Referring to a gap between ratification and implementation in some member states, she called on the international community to redouble our efforts and work collaboratively to bridge this implementation gap, ensuring that the Marrakesh Treaty’s transformative potential becomes a reality for all.

Watch the full celebrations recorded by WIPO here: Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty (wipo.int)

Marrakesh Treaty’s aim is to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled. The Marrakesh Treaty was signed in Morocco on 28 June 2013. Working with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the WBU led the international campaign to develop the Marrakesh Treaty that would enable reproduction of published materials into accessible formats, such as Braille, large print, and audio editions.

Read the full Marrakesh Treaty here WIPO Marrakesh Treaty 2013 full text : World Blind Union

The pocket guide to the treaty is here WBU Marrakesh Treaty Pocket Guide : World Blind Union

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This post was written by Fridah Mlemwa