Montreal (Canada), World Book Capital City 2005

Decision of the selection Committee

The selection Committee of the World Book Capital 2005, made up of Pere Vicens, Representative of the International Publishers Association (IPA), Françoise Dubruille, Representative of the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), Ross Shimmon, Representative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Georges Poussin on behalf of Milagros del Corral as UNESCO representative, met on 16 February 2004 under the chairmanship of Mr Pere Vicens, President of IPA, in order to examine the applications to the nomination of the World Book Capital 2005, in accordance with Resolution 3.18 of the 28 amendment of the General Conference of UNESCO.

The selection Committee examined the following candidatures:

Barcelona (Spain), Montreal (Canada) and Turin (Italy)

While rejoicing in the improvement of the general quality of the candidatures received this year, the Committee decided to nominate the city of Montreal (Canada) as World Book Capital 2005 because of the excellence of the programme submitted creating a strong synergy among all sectors of book industry and including a number of aspects of book promotion and reading.

The Committee also expresses its appreciation to the two other candidatures because of their comprehensive nature and the rich documentation provided. A factor in the choice was the need clearly stated in the founding resolution of UNESCO, to involve all the regions of the world in turn.

Paris, February 16, 2004

Ms Milagros del Corral, UNESCO
Ms Françoise Dubruille, IBF
Mr Ross Shimmon, IFLA
Mr Pere Vicens, IPA

Publication Date 25 May 2004

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