Stevie Wonder to perform after international books for blind treaty's approval
Stevie Wonder will soon be singing for a good cause. After promising a performance in Marrakesh if a treaty granting greater access to books for those who are blind and visually impaired was approved, he is making good on his word following negotiators approving the pact.
The concert will take place at the Palais des Congres on June 28 at 8 p.m. GMT. Only those who participated in the diplomatic conference will be allowed access. The treaty requires ratifying countries to adopt laws that will overcome copyright issues and allow the reproduction and distribution of more books in Braille, large print and audio formats.
"This is a legacy, a gift to future generations. So let's finalize a new agreement that opens doors to the world's written treasures and moves towards a future where there are no barriers to the expansion of knowledge and enjoyment of culture," Wonder said in a video sent to the negotiators prior to approval. "Let's get this signed, sealed, delivered, and I'm yours. Do this and I will come to Marrakesh and we will celebrate together."
Though it's likely the treaty would have been approved anyways, we like the idea that these negotiators expedited the process just for a Stevie Wonder concert.