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Access to Information for the Visually Impaired – Latin American Libraries Stand Ready to Help

When countries around the world came together to discuss how to give visually impaired people easier access to books, libraries were at the heart of the drive for an ambitious, legally binding solution. These efforts paid off, with the Treaty of Marrakesh signed in 2013. Now it is time for implementation - a recent meeting in Panama offered a chance to advance down this path, with libraries having a strategic role. Read More

  • News
  • 04 July 2016
  • By: anonymous

Major Step for Access to Knowledge for Visually Impaired

Canadian access to the Marrakesh Treaty starts the clock ticking towards its entry into force, opening up access to works of science and creativity for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. This is a major success, following years of effort by IFLA at WIPO and around the world. Read More

  • News
  • 30 June 2016
  • By: anonymous

Take Part – Human Perspectives on Inclusive Publishing

Take Part – Human Perspectives on Inclusive Publishing is a global conference on inclusive publishing and accessible reading, arranged by the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media together with the Swedish DAISY Consortium and the Swedish Library Association. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge of… Read More

  • Events
  • 18 May 2016

Partners for Accessibility – IFLA and Latin American Blind Union sign Memorandum of Understanding

IFLA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Latin American Blind Union (ULAC). Both organisations believe that we need to ensure the Marrakesh Treaty enters into force, and implement its principles on the ground. This agreement will allow us to make important progress towards ensuring equitable and sustainable access to information for visually impaired people. Read More

  • News
  • 09 May 2016
  • By: anonymous

IFLA Welcomes WIPO Treaty for Blind and Print Disabled People

Following two weeks of negotiations in Marrakesh, Morocco, Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) formally adopted a ‘Treaty to Improve Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled’ on Thursday June 27th 2013. Read More

  • News
  • 27 June 2013
  • By: anonymous

IFLA closing statement at WIPO Diplomatic Conference

[WORD] [PDF]  Thank you Mr Chair, On behalf of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, but also on behalf of millions of print-disabled and visually impaired users worldwide I want to express the gratitude of the… Read More

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  • 27 June 2013

Week two at the WIPO Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh

The WIPO Diplomatic Conference to conclude a Treaty to facilitate access to published works by visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities has now entered its second week. As of Tuesday 25th June a new text was put on the table to be discussed… Read More

  • News
  • 25 June 2013
  • By: anonymous

Treaty for print disabled people

Organisations representing library associations, library consortia, and professional librarians in over 150 countries urge WIPO Member States to agree an effective treaty for print disabled people [WORD]   [PDF] We, the undersigned organisations representing over 750,000 professional librarians and serving over… Read More

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  • 11 June 2013