Delegates representing WIPO’s 188 member states met from October 5-14 and approved the Organization’s Programme and Budget for the two-year period beginning in 2016. The budget included increased support for the TAG of Excellence international quality assurance standard for (CMOs) as well as a TAG education program on the transparency, accountability and governance of CMOs. To complement the TAG related activities, a new portal will be designed and developed to deliver many of WIPO’s copyright infrastructure projects via the Internet and in partnership with third parties. Work will also continue towards making the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) the premier global entity for facilitating access to books by the print disabled around the world. Olav Stokkmo, IFRRO CEO, chairs the TAG Resource group and is a member of the ABC Board. Several IFRRO members are also involved in the ABC.
Among other work, delegates agreed on the renewal of the mandate of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (the IGC) for the 2016-2017 biennium, as well as the work plan for the IGC for the biennium. IFRRO has a long-standing position paper on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions.
Member states also took note of the report of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and directed it to continue work on protection of broadcasting organizations, limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and persons with other disabilities.
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