First of all Turin, chosen as world book capital for 2006, is leading the festivities with its inaugural ceremony this Sunday 23rd and is launching a whole series of book-related events in Italy.
France, in association with 12 other countries, is organising for the 11th consecutive year the Chronos literature prize, based on the theme of “Grandir, c’est vieillir, vieillir c’est grandir” (growing up means getting older – getting older means growing up).
The UNESCO office in France, in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of Azerbaijan and the Museum of the Miniature Book in Baku, has organised an exhibition presenting rare miniature books.
The UNESCO office in Jamaica has put on various exhibitions, readings and meetings with writers etc.
Ecuador has organised the 3rd children’s literary competition, under the name of “The Day of the Book and the Rose”.
The Egyptian Interior Minister, in collaboration with UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity has been tackling the question of copyright and piracy, putting on a seminar regarding intellectual property rights. The National Youth Council of Egypt, with the support of UNESCO, put in place actions for the awareness of young public. Indeed, books are presented to the young generations as an essential vector of knowledge and numerous actions were organised for its promotion.
The Angolan National Library is organising a three day symposium to reflect on the issue “For the future of Angola we must cultivate our taste for reading”.
In Canada there are also several events: the Toronto Institute for Children’s Art is putting on a homage to past authors Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca de la Vega, while the BIBLIO network is organising a competition for the users of Quebec libraries in the National Capital and Chaudière-Appalaches regions.
Dubai’s public libraries (United Arab Emirates) are celebrating the World Book and Copyright Day with numerous events such as debates, exhibitions, workshops, competitions.
In South Africa several celebrations have been held including public readings, debates with local writers, workshops.
UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA) organised a four day programme of activities and festivities.
In Albania the National Library this year organised a huge ceremony offering free books and flowers.
A national campaign was organised in Portugal from 17th to 23rd April, to promote reading and the sale of books in the country.
The UNESCO's office in Burundi organised a press conference and several communications to explain the status of copyright in the country, knowing that a law has just been promulgated for its protection.