At the end of the General Assembly meeting on 12 October 2017, long-time Chair of the IPA’s Literacy Book Industry Policy and Statistics (LIBS) Committee, José Manuel Gómez, was farewelled by the IPA. In his speech to the GA, Mr Gómez thanked the many friends he had made in the IPA and especially the six Presidents that he had worked with. Here below you can read his farewell speech.

By Bodour Al Qasimi

NOTHING warms my heart more than seeing children immersed in a book, stoking their imaginations and nourishing their souls, their young faces lighting up as they turn the pages, impatient to discover more.

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.

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