The world celebrates World Book and Copyright Day

Paris, France (PANA) - The World Book and Copyright Day, observed across the world on 23 April, is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said on Monday.

Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognise the magical power of books - a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures, it said in a statement.

To celebrate the occasion, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry - publishers, booksellers and libraries - select a city as the World Book Capital to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of the Day’s celebrations until 23 April of the following year.

UNESCO said that 23 April is a symbolic date in world literature - It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.

This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books - most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of humanity space and time as well as the most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.

"By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge, with the work across the board – from the Creative Cities of Literature network to promoting literacy and mobile learning and advancing Open Access to scientific knowledge and educational resources."

UNESCO said with the active involvement of all stakeholders: authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media, and all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors, World Book and Copyright Day has become a platform to rally together millions of people all around the world.

Every year, a major celebration event takes place at UNESCO Headquarters in France to which Booksellers, publishing companies and artists are invited to share their passion for books and reading by conducting practical workshops (typography, illustration, bookbinding, manga, etc.) for the young.
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