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DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO

Turin, World Book Capital 2006

Turin, in partnership with Rome, was designated by UNESCO as “World Book Capital” for 2006-2007 in recognition of its exceptional mobilization, along with that of all the concerned social and professional sectors, in promoting reading and books.

This distinction, made by a Jury composed of representatives of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and UNESCO, was previously awarded to Madrid, Alexandria, New Delhi, Antwerp and Montreal.

During the ceremony organized for the occasion, and in the presence of Mr Moscato, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Italy to UNESCO, Mr Chiamparino, Mayor of Turino, Ms Garavaglia, Deputy Mayor of Rome, Mr Picchioni, President of the Turin Book Foundation, and Ms Senecal, Co-President of “Montreal, World Book Capital,” the Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, handed over to the Mayor of Turin an emblematic work of art, realized by a Canadian artist which symbolizes the continuity of an exemplary chain of cities in favour of books which is passed from one city to the next one holding the title of “World Book Capital”.

In his address on the occasion, the Director-General recalled that “being chosen World Book Capital does not mean receiving an additional symbolic title, albeit merited; it means for a city the mandate of concretely and practically promoting the cause, which is at once cultural and industrial, educational and economical, all at the same time, of publishing and reading at an international level.”

“It is an important recognition,” he added, “because the book, as we often repeat, is a fundamental tool in the human development process and an indispensable element for liberty, democracy, and social and intercultural dialogue. The rights of the author, which represent the moral and patrimonial of works of the mind and their creators, constitutes a judicial framework which encourages synergies.”

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info n°045-2006
  • 27-03-2006
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