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Intergovernmental Cooperation

International cooperation

As a global organisation, IFRRO works with international and regional governmental organisations, as well as international NGOs. This close cooperation has materialised in the signature of cooperation agreements and in a number of joint projects undertaken with these organisations.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

IFRRO has signed a cooperation agreement with WIPO which established the framework for closer coordination of actions between the two organisations.

For over two decades, IFRRO has worked with WIPO in many ways, including:

•    Technical assistance to establish the collective management of reprography, such as the IFRRO-WIPO project in Tunisia (2018)
•    CMO Governance, for instance, by contributing to the WIPO Good Practice Toolkit for CMOs
•    Enhancing access to works for visually impaired people, an important part of which is IFRRO’s participation in the WIPO-driven Accessible Books Consortium, where IFRRO sits as an Advisory Board member
•    Participation in WIPO meetings, in particular the Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) and the General Assembly, and in regional/national meetings, workshops, and seminars
•    Implementation of regional copyright strategies, such as the Yaoundé Action Plan for the publishing industry in Africa (2017)
•    The publication of joint studies and booklets, such as 
o    the IFRRO-WIPO booklet on Collective Management in Reprography
o    the CISAC-IFRRO-WIPO booklet From Artist to Audience
o    the IFRRO-WIPO study on copyright levies (2014, 2015, 2016


IFRRO was granted Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) status with UNESCO in 2009. IFRRO is particularly involved in the work of UNESCO’s NGOs Liaison Committee and also attends selected UNESCO meetings.

Regional cooperation

On a regional level, IFRRO has signed cooperation agreements with the African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO), the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), and the Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC).

IFRRO also cooperates with the African Union, the Arab League, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), on matters of common interest.

This regional cooperation often involves national governments and regional partners, such as the recent CMO trainings held with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Arab region (2019) and in Bolivia and Ecuador (2020).

International partners

IFRRO works closely with international non-governmental organisations active in the copyright, collective management, education and anti-piracy spheres. This includes CMO and rightsholder organisations such as AEPO-ARTIS, CISAC, GESAC, IFPI, Public Lending Right International, SAA, SCAPR and teacher and library associations such as Education International and IFLA.

In addition, IFRRO contributes to and supports the work done by organisations such as Kopinor and the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (Norcode) who provide training opportunities on collective management.