World Book Capital
The success of World Book and Copyright Day, launched in 1996, encouraged UNESCO to develop the concept of World Book Capital City, selecting Madrid as the Capital for 2001. This was again a success, and so UNESCO's General Conference resolved to make the designation of a World Book Capital City an annual event.
UNESCO invited the International Publishers Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the International Booksellers Federation to participate in the nomination process, to ensure the three major branches of the book industry can participate in the decision.
The nomination does not include any financial prize; it rather acknowledges the best programmes dedicated to books and reading.
The nominating committee welcomes programmes—presented by or endorsed by the mayor of the city making the application—that promote and foster reading. The programmes are to run from one World Book and Copyright Day and the next. The nomination committee will turn its attention to certain criteria:
- the degree of participation of all levels (from the municipal to the international level)
- the programme's potential impact
- the scope and quality of the activities proposed by the candidates, and the extent to which they involve writers, publishers, booksellers and libraries
- any other projects promoting books and reading
- the extent to which the programme respects the principles of freedom of expression, as stated by the UNESCO Constitution as well as by Articles 19 and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by the Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials
World Book Capital cities
The following cities have been designated as World Book Capitals:
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- IFLA announcement selecting Antwerp as 2004 World Book Capital City at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived 2013-12-05)
- UNESCO announcement selecting Montreal as 2005 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Turin as 2006 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Bogotá as 2007 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Amsterdam as 2008 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Beirut as 2009 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Ljubljana as 2010 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Buenos Aires as 2011 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Yerevan as 2012 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Bangkok as 2013 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Port Harcourt as 2014 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Incheon as 2015 World Book Capital City
- UNESCO announcement selecting Wrocław as 2016 World Book Capital
- UNESCO announcement selecting Conakry as 2017 World Book Capital
- UNESCO announcement selecting Athens as 2018 World Book Capital
- UNESCO announcement selecting Sharjah as 2019 World Book Capital
- "UNESCO World Book Capital 2020". UNESCO. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
- "UNESCO World Book Capital 2021". UNESCO. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
- UNESCO: World Book Capital City
- Amsterdam World Book Capital 2008: Official web site
- Beirut World Book Capital 2009: Official web site
- Ljubljana World Book Capital 2010: Official web site
- Buenos Aires World Book Capital 2011: Official web site
- Yerevan World Book Capital 2012: Official web site
- Bangkok World Book Capital 2013: Official web site
- Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014: Official web site
- Incheon World Book Capital 2015: Official web site