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

Meeting the Needs of the Visually Impaired Persons: What Challenges for IP?

Geneva, July 13, 2009

Time Monday, July 13, 2009
09.00 - 09.05


Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva
Speech Audio MP3 Mr. Gurry's opening speech

09.05 - 09.10

Opening remarks: The WIPO Visually Impaired Persons Initiative

Ambassador Swashpawan Singh, Honorary Advisor, WIPO Visually Impaired Initiative, Geneva
Speech Word versionAmbassador's Singh's speech,Audio MP3

09.10 - 09.40

The Needs and Expectations of Stakeholders

Mr. Chris Friend, Strategic Objective Leader Accessibility, World Blind Union (WBU), London
Speech Word versionChris Friend speech, Audio MP3

Mr. Herman Spruijt, President, International Publishers Association (IPA), Geneva
Speech Word version Audio MP3 Herman Spruijt

Mr. Dipendra Manocha, Director, Regional Resource Centre, Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) Consortium, New Delhi
Powerpoint Dipendra Manocha Audio MP3 Dipendra Manocha Video

09.40 - 10.10

The Engagement and Involvement of Member States

H. E. Mr. Mario Matus, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Chile to WTO, Geneva
Speech Word, Mario Matus speech in Spanish Audio MP3 Mr. Matus' speech (in Spanish)

H.E. Mr. Babacar Carlos Mbaye, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Senegal to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Switzerland, Geneva
Speech Word, Babacar Mbaye speech in French MP3 Mr. Mbaye's speech in French (in French)

Mr. Douglas George, Director of Intellectual Property, Information and Technology Trade Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa
Speech Word version Audio MP3


10.10 - 10.30