Ljubljana, World Book Capital 2010
On 19 April 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova together with Janez Sumrada, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Slovenia to UNESCO, launched the programme of activities by the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, which was designated World Book Capital for the year 2010.
The Director-General explained that UNESCO, together with the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), selected Ljubljana as World Book Capital in 2010 due to the extremely rich programme proposed by the city.
Recalling that each year on 23 April the whole world celebrates World Book and Copyright Day, Irina Bokova underscored that Ljubljana will honour and serve all the facets of books for one year, taking up the torch from others cities worldwide that have preceded it in this role. "I believe that the beautiful city of Ljubljana will know how to place all its energy and rich cultural experience at the service of books and reading. I take this opportunity to renew UNESCO’s support to the Republic of Slovenia and the city of Ljubljana for the entire duration of this celebration," added the Director-General.