Since 2001, cities are designated each year as UNESCO World Book Capital carry out activities with the aim of encouraging a culture of reading and diffusing its values.

Through the World Book Capital programme, UNESCO acknowledges these cities’ commitment for promoting books and fostering reading during a 12 months period between one World Book and Copyright Day and the next (23 April). An Advisory Committee, composed  of representatives of UNESCO, IPA, IAF and IFLA is in charge for the examination and selection of the applications while the designation rests with UNESCO’s Director-General. The Call for Applications 2023 is open to all cities of UNESCO Member States. All applications must be submitted by email using the standard Application Form no later than 15 April 2021.

More information on World Book Capital Cities is available here:


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