The Marrakesh Treaty in Indonesia

Oct 12, 2017

In light of World Sight Day, October 12, UNDP Indonesia is shining a spotlight on the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in Indonesia. We believe access to knowledge is critical for achieving full human potential and inclusive development. Indonesia has the second highest rate of blindness in the world with 3.5 million vision-impaired people whereas less than 1% of published books in developing countries, including Indonesia, are made into formats accessible to people with print disabilities. The Marrakesh Treaty aims to facilitate access to published works for people with print disabilities by creating a legal framework to allow the creation, distribution, and cross-border exchange of accessible formats.

Indonesia is one of only two ASEAN countries to sign the Marrakesh Treaty, demonstrating its strong leadership and commitment to advancing disability rights both at national and global levels. However, Indonesia has yet to ratify the Treaty, which is a necessary step before the country becomes a contracting party to the Treaty. By enabling cross-border exchange of accessible format works, the Marrakesh Treaty can benefit countries with limited availability of accessible format works, such as Indonesia. A wide range of people would benefit, including print-disabled students wishing to learn foreign languages, for example, as well as people with disabilities interested in the latest scientific findings or cultural materials.

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