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July 21, 2022

UNESCO names Strasbourg, France, as World Book Capital for 2024


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Photo: Strasbourg, France, World Book Capital for 2024. Image Credit: Kelly Lenfest.


UNESCO, Books


Photo: Strasbourg, France, World Book Capital for 2024. Image Credit: Billy Wilson.


Paris, July 20, 2022: Following the evaluation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has designated Strasbourg (France) as World Book Capital for 2024.

“In uncertain times, many turn to books as a refuge and a source of dreams. Indeed, books have the unique ability both to entertain and to teach. Therefore, we must ensure everyone can access knowledge and reflection through books and reading. Each year UNESCO designates a world book capital. After Guadalajara in 2022 and Accra in 2023, I am pleased to declare the designation of Strasbourg as World Book Capital for 2024,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay announced.

UNESCO and the World Book Capital Advisory Committee were impressed by Strasbourg’s strong focus on books to meet the challenges of social tensions and climate change, with programs like ‘Reading for the Planet.’ In addition, the city emphasizes books’ ability to encourage debate and discussion of environmental concerns and scientific knowledge, focusing on young people as change agents.

Strasbourg also got commended for its literary heritage and organized activities, highlighting many artistic disciplines, from music to theatre and illustration. In addition, the city has significant experience in organizing large-scale outward-looking events.

The celebrations will start on April 23, 2024, on World Book and Copyright Day.

• World Book Capitals

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and groups, within and across national borders, and to organize a program of activities for the year.

As the twenty-fourth city to bear the title since 2001, Strasbourg follows:

The UNESCO World Book Capital Advisory Committee comprises representatives of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), International Authors Forum (IAF), International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), International Publishers Association (IPA), and UNESCO.

Source: UNESCO

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