The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media), who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.
Consequently, UNESCO suggests that the activities organized in conjunction with this year's World Book and Copyright Day focus on the themes of books and translation.
The Director-General's message as well as a downloadable poster will be available online in a few weeks.
The activities organized around the world to celebrate this Day will be published on this web site under "Initiatives 2012".
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day
By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.