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WIPO ADOPTS A TREATY TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO PUBLISHED WORKS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS

 

WIPO ADOPTS A TREATY TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO PUBLISHED WORKS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS

 

• The National Copyright Institute and the Foreign Ministry were represented in the Mexican delegation, whose work was instrumental to the success of the negotiations.

 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or otherwise Print Disabled at its Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.

 

Mexico played an active and constructive role during the eight years of negotiations with the WIPO member States, coordinating closely with representatives of the visually impaired and print disabled. This new treaty will benefit the more than 300 million blind and visually impaired persons in the world.

 

The Government of Mexico was represented by the Director General of the National Copyright Institute (INDAUTOR), Dr. Manuel Guerra Zamora, who was also elected Vice President of the Conference and member of the Drafting Committee. The Foreign Ministry especially appreciates the participation of Mexico's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, one of the driving forces behind the treaty.

Mexico's constructive role in this process was widely recognized by the WIPO member States at the Marrakesh Conference and civil society, especially the visually impaired.

 

The treaty adopted at the Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference is an act of justice and recognition of the human rights of the visually impaired and print disabled. It guarantees them access to more information in a format that is accessible to them for their education, recreation and cultural enjoyment on an equal basis. It also helps achieve the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the negotiation of which was led by the Mexican government.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 19:51
 
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