Unesco collection of representative works: treasures of world literature
The UNESCO Courier presents its best wishes for 1986 to the readers of its thirty-two language editions all over the world. We salute the new editions of the magazine in Swedish and Basque which have appeared in 1985 and those, in Hausa and Vietnamese, which will soon be appearing. We express our hopes for closer cooperation between peoples and cultures and for world peace. The year 1986 has been declared the "International Year of Peace" by the United Nations system.
On this occasion the Director-General of Unesco, Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, delivers a message to all the peoples of the world. It would have been impossible to imagine a more fitting theme to mark the opening of the International Year of Peace than that of our January issue which presents the Unesco Collection of Representative Works, a library of world literature and a meeting point of world cultures.
"The essential nature of the role of the poet and the writer, which is to communicate and in so doing to bring us all closer together can never be overemphasized. The Unesco Collection of Representative Works is the focal point at which their works converge so that, after translation, they can be made available to the widest possible audience."