The WIPO General Assembly will take place on 21st to 29th September 2020. IFLA will participate in order to make the case for libraries.

The World Intellectual Property Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for issues such as copyright. It works to promote cooperation, build capacity, and develop agreements on intellectual property among its members.

Its work on copyright takes place through the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). IFLA has engaged in this forum for some years in support of international action that will give libraries globally the laws they need to carry out their missions, including across borders, in a digital world.

The WIPO Assemblies will provide opportunities for Member States and observers to discuss all WIPO topics including those on the agenda at SCCR, as well as the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.

IFLA will participate in order to encourage progress towards real outcomes from the work at SCCR and to support full implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty.

The draft agenda of the Assemblies is available here.