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23 April - World Book and Copyright Day

Poster World Book and Copyright Day 2010

By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
23 April: a symbolic date for world literature. On this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.
It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Halldór K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.


Type of Event Special Events
Start 23.04.2010 08:00 local time
End 23.04.2010 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Rosi, Mauro
Organizer UNESCO
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7 place de Fontenoy
Room Room IX
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese
Estimated number of participants
Official Website World Book and Copyright Day - April 23
Link 1 Journée mondiale du livre et du droit d'auteur - 23 avril
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