Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Switzerland Joins Marrakesh and Beijing Treaties

February 11, 2020

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed Switzerland’s ratification of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

The instruments of ratification were presented to Mr. Gurry by Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and the other International Organizations in Geneva on February 11, 2020.  The treaties enter into force for Switzerland on May 11, 2020.

Video: WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomes Switzerland's ratification to the Marrakesh and Beijing treaties.

Switzerland is the 31st contracting party to the Beijing Treaty and the 64th contracting party to the Marrakesh Treaty, which covers a total of 91 countries.

The Beijing Treaty will come into force on April 28, 2020, after reaching the key 30th member with Indonesia’s ratification on January 28, 2020.

The Marrakesh Treaty came into force on September 30, 2016.