World Book and Copyright Day 2022


World Book and Copyright Day is being celebrated on the 23rd of April every year by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The date was chosen as it marks the birth or death anniversary of a range of well-known writers, including Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and William Shakespeare.

The day focused to promote reading, publishing, and copyrighting across the world. A range of activities to promote reading and the cultural aspects and to promote the understanding of laws on copyright and the protection of authors' intellectual property of books are held all over the world.

To pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them, the UNESCO's General Conference which was held in Paris, France decided to observe this day. World Book Day was first celebrated on April 23, 1995.

   Important points for the exam:

  • Since 1995, every year, World Book and Copyright Day is observed on April 23 by UNESCO.
  • The day is observed to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading.
  • A range of activities was organized across the world to promote reading and to promote the understanding of laws on the copyright of the books.
  • The day focused on the following aspects - writing, reading, translating, and publishing.

   Facts to know:

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was established in 1945.
  • Headquarters of UNESCO: Paris, France.
  • Director-General of UNESCO: Mr.Audrey Azoulay.
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