IFLA signs an agreement with the ULAC (Latin American Union for the Blind)

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Transcript of the speech given by IFLA’s President Elect during the signing of the agreement in Montevideo, 27th April 2016.


Today is a bright and shiny day. Thank you for inviting us to the ULAC’s General Conference. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) welcomes the signing of this agreement with the ULAC.

IFLA, as you already know, is the global voice as well as the main international organisation that represents the interests of library and documentation services and their users. It is an independent, not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation, founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 30th of September 1927. Its objectives are promoting a high level of provision of library and information services; fostering a universal understanding of the value of high-quality libraries and information services and representing the interests of our members around the world.

This last objective fits in perfectly with the spirit of this mandate, which we are signing here with you, the most worthy representatives of the blind collective in Latin America and the Caribbean, today.

The social development that information technologies provide, highlight the need for a change in paradigm for an urgent adaptation to the context. We, as librarians, are responsible for providing and assuring access to information for all of Society, and in order to fulfil this commendable mission, we must advocate for a framework that allows access without legal restrictions and in accordance with the fundamental human right, which is based on education for individual and collective development.

For this reason, IFLA – since its beginnings and up until achieving an international treaty which aided the exceptions of people with visual disabilities, the “Marrakech Miracle” – has been working intensely as a strategic partner with blind people around the world, supporting the writing of the treaty first and then during its ratification, especially in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IFLA feels stronger than ever before towards achieving the next task after the International Treaty, that of implementing it with the necessary guarantees on access to information for sustainable development, in line with the UN’s vision on Universal Literacy in 2030. Please count on us regarding anything you may need, and by the same token we ask for your collaboration in order to keep campaigning collectively for the promulgation of new copyright laws adapted to the technological environment, and that contemplate copyright exceptions in order to ease the loaning of works in libraries, and which also allow for cross-boarder loaning.

Our vision is a necessity, in the same way that access to information for sustainable development is a necessity!

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

IFLA’s President Elect

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