World Book and Copyright Day highlights preservation and sharing of knowledge

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Young boy and girl reading books in a street in Qazvin, Iran. Photo: UNESCO/Dominique Roger

The role of books and copyright in the preservation and sharing of knowledge is being highlighted on World Book and Copyright Day.

The Day, observed on 23 April each year, was proclaimed by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) in 1995 to promote reading and increase people's understanding of copyright laws.

The day marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a number of well-known writers around the world.

According to UNESCO, since its launch in 1995, millions of people in over 100 countries now observe World Book and Copyright Day.

It adds that since 2000, the Day has inspired another initiative known as World Book Capital City.

Each year a city is chosen which undertakes to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of World Book and Copyright Day's celebrations until the following year.

The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt was chosen this year based on the quality of its programme that is focusing on the youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria's culture of books, reading, writing and publishing.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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