UNESCO chose the world book capital in 2024. About what

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The city of Strasbourg has been designated the world book capital for 2024, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, UNESCO said it was “impressed” by Strasbourg’s emphasis on “the book as a means of highlighting the challenges between social cohesion and climate change”.

“The city highlights the book’s role in sharing environmental concerns and scientific knowledge, giving priority to young people as agents of change,” the text says.

According to news.ro, Strasbourg submitted the file called “Lire le monde”, which consists of five axes, 25 programs and almost 200 actions, on April 15 and competed with ten other cities in the world.

“In uncertain times, many turn to books to find refuge and a source of dreams,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in this press release. “Books have this unique dual capacity to entertain and educate us. That is why we must ensure everyone’s access to knowledge and reflection through books and reading”.

World Book and Copyright Day will begin on April 23, 2024.

Strasbourg is the 24th city designated World Book Capital since 2001. Madrid (2001), New Delhi (2003), Bogota (2007), Port Harcourt (2014) and more recently Guadalajara, Mexico (2022) and Accra followed. Ghana (2023).