World Book Day 2019: Here's the importance of books and reading

World Book Day or Copyright Day is celebrated on 23 April every year. UNESCO organises an annual event for the same. Here is the importance and significance of this day..

 

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) organises an annual event on April 23 every year. The day is marked as the World Book Day. It is also known as Copyright Day or International Day of the Book. Basically, this day states the importance of reading, publishing and copyrights of books. World Book Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries. Generally, the day plays a significant role for authors, writers and readers. The new reading generation is also fond of this globally celebrated day.
 
The worldwide member states of the UNESCO observes this event each year to promote the power of books among people. Many schools and colleges celebrate this day through different activities and events. Several sessions are organised to make the students aware about this day. The authors and readers are a really important part of the world. This year too, UNESCO will conduct various programmes on the international level by the UNESCO National Commissions, clubs, centres, associations, libraries, schools and other educational institutions.
 
According to Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, the theme of 2019 is, “Books are a form of cultural expression that lives through and as part of a chosen language. Each publication is created in a distinct language and is intended for a language-specific reading audience. A book is thus written, produced, exchanged, used and appreciated in a given linguistic and cultural setting. This year we highlight this important dimension because 2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, led by UNESCO, to reaffirm the commitment of the international community in supporting indigenous peoples to preserve their cultures, knowledge and rights.”

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