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A Good Day for Access to Knowledge: the Treaty of Marrakesh Enters into Force

Three years and three months after it was signed, the Treaty of Marrakesh enters into force today. It is a time to celebrate a major advance in the struggle to give people with visual impairments equal access to knowledge. IFLA looks back at the work that brought us where we are today, and forwards to the challenges still ahead. Read More

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  • 30 September 2016
  • By: anonymous

Treaty of Marrakesh

IFLA continues to promote effective implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty, to the benefit of users with print disabilities and the libraries that serve them. The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired… Read More

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  • 30 September 2016

Treaty of Marrakesh: (Mainly) Good Omens from Europe?

Last week, the European Commission published proposals for legislation which would implement the Treaty of Marrakesh. The benefits of EU ratification could be high, potentially more than doubling the number of countries involved, and making a wealth of European language works available to some of the most vulnerable people around the world. IFLA and EBLIDA, in a joint statement, welcomed these proposals, but cautioned that more work will be needed to ensure that no new barriers to access to knowledge are created. Read More

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  • 22 September 2016
  • By: anonymous

One Step Forward, No Steps Back: National Ratification Needs to Respect the Objectives of the Treaty of Marrakesh

The signing of the Treaty of Marrakesh in 2013 was a first step towards providing access to knowledge for some of the most vulnerable in society. It offers a response to the book famine that people with print disabilities have long faced. However, IFLA is concerned that when ratifying the Treaty, some countries risk introducing new barriers to access. This is completely contrary to the spirit of Marrakesh. Read More

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  • 01 September 2016
  • By: anonymous

Treaty of Marrakesh – Implementation Picking up Pace in Africa

The need to combat the ‘book famine’ for the blind, visually impaired, and other people with print disabilities was at the heart of the drive to pass the Treaty of Marrakesh. With the lack of accessible resources particularly acute in Africa, the potential for life-changing reforms there is high. Progress towards implementation of the Treaty is welcome, but libraries must be vigilant to ensure that the opportunity to maximise access is not missed. Read More

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  • 05 August 2016
  • By: anonymous

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

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  • 04 July 2016
  • By: anonymous

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

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  • 09 May 2016
  • By: anonymous

Declaration “Motores para el cambio: Primer Encuentro Iberoamericano sobre Derecho de Autor y Tratado de Marrakech”

Português [PDF] Leaders of national and parliamentary libraries from fifteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, as well as Spain, represented by IFLA´s President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón; met… Read More

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  • 04 November 2015
  • By: anonymous