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Joint Statement on Ms Forbin’s nomination as Deputy Director General for Copyright and Creative Industries Sector at WIPO

26 July 2016


The Hague, 26 July 2016


On 12 July 2016, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry proposed the appointment of Mrs Sylvie Forbin to the position of WIPO Deputy Director General of Copyright and Creative Industries Sector.

The appointment should be confirmed at the WIPO Coordination Committee, in its 72nd Session on September 12, 2016 in Geneva.

In consideration of Mrs Forbin’s CV and the renaming of the Sector she will head, EBLIDA together with a coalition of knowledge organisations from the civil society active at WIPO has issued a joint statement of congratulations.

It also highlights the challenges facing her in her new role, and the need to take a carefully balanced approach to benefit the public interest, taking account of the needs of rightsholders, users, research and education, thus reflecting the goals of copyright itself.

Read the full statement in:







International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
International Council on Archives (ICA)
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)
Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA)
Scottish Council on Archives (SCA)
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
Karisma Foundation

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Wyber, IFLA

Vincent Bonnet, EBLIDA


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