[A2k] Proposed Extraordinary WIPO General Assembly Decision Text: 9:20 PM-17 December 2012

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Proposed Extraordinary WIPO General Assembly Decision Text: 9:20 PM-17 
December 2012

Submitted by thiru on 18. December 2012 - 0:18

After a tense day of negotiation with all sorts of threats to block 
progress, it seems as though World Intellectual Property Organization 
(WIPO) is poised to approve a diplomatic conference "to negotiate and 
adopt a treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired 
persons/persons with print disabilities." The USA had come into the 
meeting trying to downgrade the agreement from a treaty to an agreement 
of ambiguous non-treaty status, and both the US and the EU wanted 
today's decision to be subject to a later approval -- dubbed either the 
kill switch or the safety valve by the US and EU publisher friendly 
delegations. But in the end, the support for the diplomatic conference 
and the treaty prevailed and the following text will be considered at 10 
AM Geneva time on 18 December 2012 at the plenary.

WIPO released the Proposed Extraordinary GA Decision Text to convene a 
Diplomatic Conference to negotiate and adopt a Treaty for the Blind in 
June 2013.

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Proposed Extraordinary GA Decision Text
December 17, 2012 9:20 pm

This Assembly:

(1)	decides to convene a Diplomatic Conference on limitations and 
exceptions for visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities 
to be held in June 2013. The mandate of this Conference is to negotiate 
and adopt a treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired 
persons/persons with print disabilities (pursuant to the draft text in 
SCCR/25/2).

(2)	convenes a Preparatory Committee on December 18, 2012, to establish 
the necessary modalities of the Diplomatic Conference. The Preparatory 
Committee will consider at this time the draft Rules of Procedure to be 
presented for adoption to the Diplomatic Conference, the list of 
invitees to participate in the Conference, and the text of the draft 
letters of invitation, as well as any other document or organizational 
question relating to the Diplomatic Conference. The Preparatory 
Committee will also approve the Basic Proposal for the administrative 
and final provisions of the Treaty.

(3)	welcomes with gratitude the offer of the Kingdom of Morocco to host 
the Diplomatic Conference in June 2013.

(4)	directs the SCCR to meet in special session for five days in 
February 2013 to expedite further text-based work on document SCCR/25/2, 
in order to reach a sufficient level of agreement on the text, and 
directs the Preparatory Committee to meet at the end of the February 
SCCR meeting to decide, if needed, whether additional work is required 
with the objective of holding a successful Conference in June 2013. It 
is understood that the Preparatory Committee will invite Observer 
Delegations and Observers.

(5)	agrees that document SCCR/25/2, the Draft Text of an International 
Agreement/Treaty on Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired 
Persons/Persons with Print Disabilities, will constitute the substantive 
articles of the Basic Proposal for the Diplomatic Conference. The 
Preparatory Committee shall incorporate in the Basic Proposal such 
further agreements of the SCCR as are reached pursuant to paragraph (4) 
above, with the understanding that any Member State and the special 
delegation of the European Union may make proposals at the Diplomatic 
Conference.


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Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

thiru at keionline.org



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