As a global organisation, IFRRO works with international and regional governmental organisations, as well as international NGOs. This close cooperation has materialised in the signature of cooperation agreements and in a number of joint projects undertaken with these organisations.

 
IFRRO has signed a cooperation agreement with WIPO which established the framework for closer coordination of actions between the two organisations.

For over two decades, IFRRO has worked with WIPO in many ways, including:
  • Technical assistance to establish the collective management of reprography, such as the IFRRO-WIPO project in Tunisia (2018)
  • CMO Governance, for instance, by contributing to the WIPO Good Practice Toolkit for CMOs
  • Enhancing access to works for visually impaired people, an important part of which is IFRRO’s participation in the WIPO-driven Accessible Books Consortium, where IFRRO sits as an Advisory Board member
  • Participation in WIPO meetings, in particular the Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) and the General Assembly, and in regional/national meetings, workshops, and seminars
  • Implementation of regional copyright strategies, such as the Yaoundé Action Plan for the publishing industry in Africa (2017)
  • The publication of joint studies and booklets, such as
    • the IFRRO-WIPO booklet on Collective Management in Reprography
    • the CISAC-IFRRO-WIPO booklet From Artist to Audience
    • the IFRRO-WIPO study on copyright levies (2014, 2015, 2016)
 

Since its foundation in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been deeply involved in the field of education and culture. 

IFRRO was granted Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) status with UNESCO in 2009, and works with UNESCO on specific programmes to support local creative industries and to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. IFRRO is a member of UNESCO’s NGOs Liaison Committee and regularly attends UNESCO meetings.

Each year, IFRRO and its members join in the celebration of UNESCO’s World Book Day, both globally (see a statement issued by IFRRO and partner organisations in 2020), and through local events, such as in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2018 and in Lusaka, Zambia in 2019.

Improving literacy and protecting cultural heritage

IFRRO is often invited by UNESCO to speak about copyright and cultural heritage, for instance recently at two conferences organised by UNESCO in Shenzhen, China and in Sozopol, Bulgaria. IFRRO and UNESCO have a shared interest in promoting better educational outcomes and the safeguarding of cultural heritage. Collective Management Organisations play a key role in achieving each of these objectives. 

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UNESCO plays an important role in implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all".IFRRO members, through their work, directly contribute to achieving a number of these goals, for example, SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 13 (climate action). Collective management supports the development of a diverse, local, inclusive publishing sector, which in turns helps to lift people out of poverty and create a generation of educated and tolerant citizens. 

IFRRO members, through their work, directly contribute to achieving a number of these goals, for example, SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 13 (climate action). Collective management supports the development of a diverse, local, inclusive publishing sector, which in turns helps to lift people out of poverty and create a generation of educated and tolerant citizens. 

On a regional level, IFRRO has signed cooperation agreements with the African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO), the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), and the Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC).

IFRRO also cooperates with the African Union, the Arab League, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), on matters of common interest.

This regional cooperation often involves national governments and regional partners, such as the recent CMO trainings held with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Arab region (2019) and in Bolivia and Ecuador (2020).
IFRRO works closely with international non-governmental organisations active in the copyright, collective management, education and anti-piracy spheres. This includes CMO and rightsholder organisations such as AEPO-ARTIS, CISAC, GESAC, IFPI, Public Lending Right International, SAA, SCAPR and teacher and library associations such as Education International and IFLA.

In addition, IFRRO contributes to and supports the work done by organisations such as Kopinor and the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (Norcode) who provide training opportunities on collective management.
Regional activity