• Conakry will be World Book Capital City 2017

    Each year, IPA and its partners awards the title of World Book Capital. The 2017 laureate will be Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

  • IPA President, Michiel Kolman, reaffirms IPA commitment to literacy in Chengdu, China

    IPA President Michiel Kolman today reaffirmed the IPA's commitment to the promotion of literacy during a speech in Chengdu, China, on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Speaking at the Reading Promotion Summit, at South West Jiao Tong University (WJTU), in Sichuan Province, Kolman said the IPA would continue to work closely with UNESCO and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to spotlight the issue worldwide.

  • Reckless textbook policy will undermine Georgian childhood literacy, IPA warns.

    Tbilisi 30 March 2017 – Childhood literacy in Georgia will be a primary casualty of a well-meaning but destructive free schoolbook law that has handed the government control of all textbook production and stripped publishers and authors of their intellectual property rights, the IPA warned today.

  • UNESCO names Athens World Book Capital 2018

    Athens has been named World Book Capital 2018 by the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, comprising representatives of the IPA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and UNESCO, which met at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris.

  • UNESCO names Sharjah World Book Capital 2019

    UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has named Sharjah, widely considered the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf, UNESCO World Book Capital 2019.

  • Why literacy matters more than ever in the 21st century.

    On International Literacy Day, 8 September 2015, the IPA, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), International Authors Forum (IAF) and Reading & Writing Foundation (RWF) jointly call on UN member states to implement coherent and properly resourced strategies to promote literacy for all. Literacy is a basic skill that everyone needs. Without it, people will be condemned to live poorer, less fulfilled lives.

  • World publishers and librarians issue joint pledge to strive for universal access to information

    Genevaand The Hague — The world bodies speaking for the publishing and library sectors, the IPA and IFLA, today pledge to find mechanisms for universal access to information, and to help national and international authorities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals linked to literacy, education and reading.

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