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World Book and Copyright Day


Discover the pictures of the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day 2018 at UNESCO HQ here.(link is external.

This year, UNESCO and the whole UN family commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which includes the freedom of expression and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. From these rights spring the freedom to publish, first embodied in the 1950 Florence Convention in which UNESCO urges co-operation between nations in all branches of intellectual activity, including `the exchange of publications, objects of artistic and scientific interest and other materials of information'. 

Accordingly, various events of World Book and Copyright Day 2018 will be held around the world to celebrate the power of books to bring us together and to transmit the wisdom among diverse cultures. What’s more, a major celebration event (including workshops, exhibitions, lectures etc.) will be conducted at UNESCO headquarters to offer the public a closer look at each of the 30 articles of the Declaration, as well as related materials and actions. UNESCO, in partnership with the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, sincerely invites you to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thereby affirm the enduring human rights principles and standards that it helped establish.

In 2018, Athens, as UNESCO World Book Capital, undertakes the promotion of books and reading and organizes activities over the year which starts with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April. The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The proposed activity program includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry readings and workshops for publishing professionals.

Download the programme of the Day (in French only) (at UNESCO HQ in Paris)

Download the poster of the World Book and Copyright Day 2018

Map of events

Cartographie des événements de la Journée mondiale du livre et du droit d'auteur 2018