UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day (23 April) marked the handover of the World Book Capital City (WBCC) from Conakry, Guinea to Athens, Greece.

Sharjah makes a unique contribution to rebuild one of Conakry's most beloved libraries which was destroyed by fire in 2012.

On 18 December, the 2017 UNESCO World Book Capital (WBCC), Conakry, Guinea, received a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who will host the 2019 WBCC in Sharjah.

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.

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