World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated 23 April with events encouraging everyone, particularly young people, to discover the joy of reading.
The Twenty-eighth session of the General Conference of UNESCO (25 October-16 November 1995) adopted Resolution 28 C/3.18 unanimously which proclaimed the World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April. This day is always marked by the Message of the Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.
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The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media), who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, 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.
The World Book and Copyright Day section on the UNESCO website.
Stamp catalogue - 1997