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Bangladesh joins WIPO treaty to help people with disabilities

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  • 29 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh joins WIPO treaty to help people with disabilities

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Bangladesh has deposited instruments of its accession to the Marrakesh Treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to facilitate access to published works for the blind, visually impaired, or people with print disabilities.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Offices in Geneva Md. Mustafizur Rahman presented the instruments of accession to the Marrakesh Treaty to WIPO Director General Daren Tang at WIPO headquarters in Geneva recently.

Bangladesh became the 116th nation in the world to sign this agreement to improve the access to books and reading for the country’s people with disabilities.

Under the WIPO-administered Marrakesh Treaty, it facilitates the creation and international transfer of specially-adapted books for people of other countries with blindness or visual impairments easier by establishing a set of limitations and exceptions to traditional copyright law. The treaty entered into effect on 30 September 2016. Prior to Bangladesh, 116 other nations throughout the world, including neighbouring countries like India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, signed this treaty.

WIPO Director General Daren Tang said, “Thanks to today’s accession, Bangladesh will now have access to all accessible books for the visually impaired youth of the country to ensure their full participation in economic, social, and cultural life.”

“WIPO looks forward to continuing important collaboration with Bangladesh to improve the quality of life of people with all kinds of reading disabilities, including the visually impaired.” Tang said.

An estimated 340,000 visually impaired people in Bangladesh will have access to more than 800,000 accessible books via WIPO’s “Accessible Book Consortium” as a result of the Marrakesh Treaty.

Bangladesh has taken a step forward paving the way to attaining the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-4) by 2030 by ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty, which guarantees all people with disabilities equal opportunity in education.