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Sunday, 1 May 2016

World Press Freedom Day 2016, May 3

Всемирный день свободы печати, 3 мая.
世界新闻自由日, 5月3日.
World Press Freedom Day, May 3.
Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa, 3 de mayo.
Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse, 3 mai.
الصحافة العالمية يوم الحرية، 3 مايو.

Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!

Theme 2016 :
  • Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development
  • Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach
  • Ensuring Safety of Journalists Online and Offline

United Nations Secretary General Statement on World Press Freedom Day 2016, May 3.

Human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development depend on the free flow of information.  And the right to information depends on press freedom.  Each year, we observe World Press Freedom Day to emphasize these fundamental principles, to protect the independence of the media and to honour media workers who risk and have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

This year, World Press Freedom Day coincides with three important milestones.  It is the 250th anniversary of the world’s first freedom of information law, covering both modern-day Sweden and Finland, and it is the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration of press freedom principles.  Finally, 2016 is also the first year of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Press freedom and the free flow of information are necessary not only to inform citizens about the Goals, but to enable them to hold their leaders accountable for fulfilling the pledges they have made.  The media – including, and increasingly, new online media -- serve as our eyes and ears.  We all benefit from the information they provide.

A free, independent and safe media environment is essential.  Yet, all too often, journalists are threatened, harassed, obstructed or even killed in the pursuit of information.  Many languish in detention, some in appalling conditions, for shedding light on governance failures, corporate malfeasance or societal problems.

I am very concerned about the increasingly restrictive environment for media workers in many countries.  Constraints on freedom of expression place shackles on progress itself.  On this World Press Freedom Day, I urge all Governments, politicians, businesses and citizens to commit to nurturing and protecting an independent, free media.  Without this fundamental right, people are less free and less empowered.  With it, we can work together for a world of dignity and opportunity for all..

Ban Ki-moon

Statement of Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General on World Press Freedom Day 2016, May 3.

Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!
Access to Information is a fundamental freedom and part of the basic human right to freedom of expression. Receiving and imparting information, both offline and online, is a cornerstone of democracy, good governance, and rule of law.

Last year, the world agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to guide all efforts over the new fifteen years, to end poverty, to protect the planet, and to ensure prosperity and lasting peace for all. The new Sustainable Development Goals include a target on public access to information and the protection of fundamental freedoms -- two interrelated objectives that are key accelerators of progress across all of the new agenda.

At this time of turbulence and change across the world, including new challenges that require global cooperation and action, the need for quality information has never been so important – this requires a strong environment of press freedom and well-functioning systems to ensure the people’s right to know.

Two hundred and fifty years ago, the first formal Right to Information legislation was enacted in what is today Sweden and Finland. A historical breakthrough at the time, this still provides inspiration today, as Governments increasingly adopt laws that allow public access to information. Twenty-five years ago, in then newly-independent Namibia, the historic Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom was adopted, paving the way to recognition by the United Nations of World Press Freedom Day.

In marking these anniversaries, World Press Freedom Day this year highlights the importance of free and independent journalism for advancing the 2030 Agenda. This includes the safety of journalists, at a time when, tragically, a media professional is killed every five days. This cannot stand, and guided by the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, UNESCO is working with Governments around the world to create a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers everywhere.

In this spirit, I call on everyone to stand united in defending and encouraging press freedom and the right to access to information. This is essential for human rights and dignity, for our aspirations for sustainable development, for common determination to build lasting peace.

This Is Your Right!

Irina Bokova

FORUM : World Press Freedom Day - 3 May.
Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!
UNESCO and the Government of Finland will co-host the World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in 2016 which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from 2-4 May 2016. World Press Freedom Day 2016 is organized under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

Safety of Media professionals

Key messages World Press Freedom Day 2016.
° Press freedom is confronted by growing challenges of blocking access to online information, whichcurbs both people's access to information as well as the range of information and expression online.
° The better the public access to information, the better the climate for respecting fundamentalfreedoms, including safety of journalists and creative cultural expression.
° Access to information is not only an end in itself, but also a means as a whole, following SustainableDevelopment Goal 16 for the 2030 Agenda.
° A culture of media freedom, pluralism and independence is essential for press freedom, highlightedin the Windhoek Declaration, adopted 25 years ago.
° Threatening press freedom is threatening access to information, because without a free press,journalists cannot collect and report their information safely and independently.
° Protecting online and offline journalism should be protected from surveillance overreach and wide-spread censorship.
 °Promoting press freedom and journalist safety will ensure public’s access to impartial and quality information.


EVENTSWPFD 2016 Main Event

UNESCO’s flagship celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) will take place in Helsinki, Finland, this year from 2 to 4 May. The overarching theme of the forthcoming celebration is Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms.

For more information about Finlandia Hall, please visit their website.

  • Side Events
  • Main Conference
  • Public Seminar

  • Some one hundred World Press Freedom Day events are organized around the world

    2016 World Press Freedom Day celebrations highlight link between freedom of information and sustainable development



  •  Access to Information and Knowledge Sharing - Unesco Multimedia Archives (eServices)
  • UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (United Nations)
  • Windhoek declaration
  • World Trends Report on Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Special Digital Focus 2015 (UNESCO)
  • Countering online hate speech (UNESCO)
  • Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues (UNESCO)
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) & Women's Rights in Africa (UNESCO)
  • Freedom of expression and information

  • NEWS :

    Harsh Laws and Violence Drive Global Decline - Freedom of Press 2015.

    Friday, 29 April 2016

    International Jazz Day 2016, April 30

    A Letter from Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova;

    Dear Friends,
    It is an honor to invite you to the 5th Annual International Jazz Day celebrations in Washington, D.C. This day was adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 2012 to promote jazz music and culture as a tool to inspire peaceful cooperation and partnership among communities around the globe.
    This day is an extraordinary demonstration of the power of jazz to promote world peace, stimulate intercultural dialogue and above all, bring people together. On April 30, people in 195 countries on every single continent will be demonstrating their commitment to the unifying power of music.
    We are partnering with teachers, musicians, students, historians, and community leaders at schools, universities, libraries, art venues, community centers, hospitals, and shelters. All over the world, the streets will be alive with the sounds of jazz – of freedom – and millions of people will learn about its rich history; its ethical and philosophical foundations; and its inherent message of acceptance and respect. Our hope is that this day will inspire people all over the world to listen to one another and cooperate in a spirit of peace.
    Many thanks to Washington, D.C. for serving as the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2016 and for featuring Jazz Day programs in every single Ward.
    Thank you for your support and Happy International Jazz Day!

    FORUM : International Jazz Day - April 30

    EVENTS : International Jazz Day 2016 Opening Ceremony,  April 30.

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Mayor Bowser of Washington, D.C., UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, UN FAO Goodwill Ambassador Dee Dee Bridgewater.

    CONCERT : International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert.

    Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance. We are honored that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert from the White House, with artists performing throughout the White House and on the South Lawn. The concert will be broadcast across the United States on April 30th – International Jazz Day – as an

    ABC network television special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO. Viewers will experience jazz being played at the White House, where it has been showcased by every Administration since President Kennedy.

    The 2016 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned Jazz music artists including


    Wednesday, 27 April 2016

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2016, April 28.

    Всемирный день безопасности и здоровья на рабочем месте, 28 апреля.
    World Day for Safety and Health at Work, April 28.
    世界日安全與健康工作, 4月28日.
    Día Mundial de la Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo, 28 de abril.
    Journée mondiale pour la sécurité et la santé au travail, 28 Avril.

    The Theme for the World Day For Safety and Health at Work 2016 is "Workplace Stress : A collective Challenge "

    Theme 2016 : 'Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden'
    Tema 2016 : Стрес на робочому місці: настав час зняти тягар.
    Tema 2016 :“Estrés en el Trabajo: Un reto colectivo”.
    Thème 2016 : «Le stress au travail: un défi collectif».

    Statement by Director General, Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, April 28 2016.

    This World Day for Safety and Health  focuses on the toll taken on the health and wellbeing of workers worldwide by stress in their working environment.
    Target 8 of Goal 8  of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  calls for “safe and secure working environments for all workers” - securing safe workplaces extends beyond the protection of workers’ physical safety to their mental and psychological wellbeing.   
    Work-related stress affects workers in all professions in developed and developing countries alike. It can gravely harm not only workers’ health but also, and all too often, the wellbeing of their families.
    Globalization and technological change have transformed work and employment patterns in ways that sometimes contribute to work-related stress. High unemployment levels, particularly in the absence of adequate social protection measures can also have undesirable consequences for the mental health of workers.
    Enterprises are not spared and they face the consequences of work-related stress on their overall performance with increased absenteeism, presenteeism and staff turnover, and difficult labour relations.
    More data and analysis is needed to fully quantify the financial costs of workplace stress but it is already abundantly clear that the burden is considerable. A recent study cited in the ILO report, Workplace stress: a collective challenge , issued for this day, indicates that more than 40 million people are affected by work-related stress within the EU and that the estimated cost of work-related depression is €617 billion a year.
    While much still needs to be done to reduce stress at work, we can say that in recent years there have been welcome developments in understanding the issue.  Awareness has increased and in most countries policymakers, social partners and professional networks are becoming more involved in the design of legislation, policy, strategies and tools for the assessment and management of work-related stress.
    It is clear that the protection of workers’ mental health must focus on preventive strategies. Assessing and managing psychosocial risks at their origin will help craft the collective and individual measures needed to improve the quality of working life for women and men.
    The ILO is committed to work with governments, workers and employers and their organizations around the globe to design and implement effective national, regional and enterprise level policies to prevent and minimise work-related stress.

    Guy Ryder.
    International labour Organization
    'Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden' .
    In recent years, there has been growing attention to the impact of psychosocial risks and work-related stress among researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Work-related stress is now generally acknowledged as global issue affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developed and developing countries. In this complex context, the workplace is at the same time an important source of psychosocial risks and the ideal venue to address them in order to protect the health and well-being of workers.
    Workplace Stress
    WHO report, Preventing Health Workers Series.
    ILO/WHO Joint Committee Reports on Occupational Health
    WHO’s work on occupational health is governed by the Global Plan of Action on Workers’ Health 2008-2017, endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2007.

    This year, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” is the theme of the campaign of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The report will draw attention to current global trends on work-related stress and its impact.

    Occupational Safety and Health : e-labadminOSH DVD 2015

    Occupational Safety and Health


    -  Creating safe and healthy workplaces : Checkpoints app series , OSH phone apps : E-tools: stress, ergonomics, agriculture.
    "Safe Workplace Makes SMEs Productive"

    Monday, 25 April 2016

    World Intellectual Property Day 2016, April 26

    Всемирный день интеллектуальной собственности, 26 апреля.
    Journée mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle, 26 Avril.
    World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April.
    يوم العالمي للملكية الفكرية ,26 أبريل
    Día Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual, 26 de Abril.

    Digital Creativity : Culture Reimagined.

    2016年的主題:数字创意 重塑文化.
    Тема 2016: Творчество в цифровой среде:  Переосмысление культуры.
    Theme 2016 : Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.
    Thème 2016: Créativité numérique : la culture réinventée.
    موضوع 2016: الإبداع الرقمي: الثقافة تتجدد
    Thema 2016 : Creatividad digital: reinventar la cultura.

    Message from Director General Francis Gurry, (WIPO) World Intellectual Property Organization on the World Intellectual Property Day 2016, April 26.

    World Intellectual Property Day, which we celebrate each year on April 26, is an opportunity to celebrate the creators and innovators who so enrich our world, and who are at the base of our cultural and technological development. This year our theme for World Intellectual Property Day is Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.

    Culture has already been reimagined through digital creativity. The whole way in which creative works are produced around the world, the sorts of works that are produced, the way they are distributed, and the way they are consumed or enjoyed worldwide has been reimagined as a consequence of digital technology.

    The internet is a world stage. It provides an enormous opportunity for creators. Think of the evolution of the creator across the ages and the way in which creators and performers interact with their audiences. Once this interaction was confined to those who were within immediate earshot of the performance. Now, with the internet, the audience has become potentially the whole world. That is an enormous creative opportunity. It's an enormous cultural opportunity. And it's an enormous economic opportunity. It is this opportunity which we want to celebrate on World Intellectual Property Day in 2016.
    On this day, as we celebrate digital creativity across the world, we should also think about how to find the right balance - one which recognizes the importance of creators and innovators to all the progress that we see, culturally and technologically, as a consequence of digital technology.
    So please join us on World Intellectual Property Day, whether it’s at one of the numerous events that are being held around the world, or by participating through Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. And please join in this challenge of finding the right balance to reward the creators and innovators who enrich our lives, while at the same time ensuring the social benefit of widespread access to their works.

     WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

    FORUM : World Intellectual Property Day - April 26

    April 26

    In depth: The role of IP rights

    Sunrise in Caracas, a writer awakens, inspired, and reaches for her tablet. Her idea lands with her collaborator in London, rehearsing in a West End theatre. Words, images, plot-lines and dialogue flash back and forth. A treatment for a new series – a global pandemic, drug cartels, high level corruption – hits the inbox of a Hollywood showrunner, who calls contacts in Dubai, Mumbai, Beijing and Berlin. Deals are cut, funds secured, distribution channels agreed.

    Shooting begins: Outside scenes in Ouarzazate, interiors in Brooklyn, special effects from Bangkok. A soundtrack is added: a sizzling gumbo of rhythms from Rio and horns from Lagos, with a topping of Prague strings. The theme tune goes viral as fans stream the show on screens of every size, in every corner of the globe...

    Films, TV, music, books, art, video-games –cultural works, in short– have long crossed borders. But the WiFi era is transforming how consumable culture is created, distributed and enjoyed in markets that are expanding far beyond national boundaries. Ever more accessible digital technologies have swept away physical constraints, placing a world of cross-cultural collaboration at the fingertips of every artist and creator, feeding the imagination in new ways. And with this blooming of digital creativity comes the boon to the digital consumer. We read, watch and listen to the works of countless creators across the world wherever, whenever and however we want.

    Reimagining culture – how we create it, how we access it, and how we finance it – is not without challenges. And the challenge of a flexible, adaptive intellectual property system is to help ensure that the artists and creative industries in our digital universe can be properly paid for their work, so they can keep creating.

    So for World IP Day this year, we’re exploring some of the issues surrounding our cultural future. We’ll be talking to experts on creativity in the digital market, and to creators themselves, to find out where they think we’re heading. Join us on Facebook as the story unfolds. Season One is just starting.

    EVENTS :

    Wondering what to do for World IP Day? Find out what's happening in your country.

    At this unique international conference, participants explore the future evolution of the digital content market.



    Saturday, 23 April 2016

    World Malaria Day 2016, April 25


    Theme 2016 : End malaria for good.
    2016年的主題 : 使疟疾得到永远控制


    The World Health Organization’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 has been developed with the aim of helping countries reduce the human suffering caused by the world’s deadliest mosquito-borne disease.
    Adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015, the strategy provides comprehensive technical guidance to countries and development partners for the next 15 years, emphasizing the importance of scaling up malaria responses and moving towards elimination. It also highlights the urgent need to increase investments across all interventions – including preventive measures, diagnostic testing, treatment and disease surveillance – as well as in harnessing innovation and expanding research.
    By adopting this strategy, WHO Member States have endorsed the bold vision of a world free of malaria, and set the ambitious new target of reducing the global malaria burden by 90% by 2030. They also agreed to strengthen health systems, address emerging multi-drug and insecticide resistance, and intensify national, cross-border and regional efforts to scale up malaria responses to protect everyone at risk.
    By taking forward this strategy, countries will make a major contribution to implementing the post-2015 sustainable development framework. A major scale-up of malaria responses will not only help countries reach the healthrelated targets for 2030, but will contribute to poverty reduction and other development goals.
    In the next 18 months, we will develop and roll out implementation plans in all WHO regions and support countries in updating their national malaria plans. We stand ready to expand our reach and increase our support to all countries irrespective of where they are along the elimination continuum.
    Recent progress on malaria has shown us that, with adequate investments and the right mix of strategies, we can indeed make remarkable strides against this complicated enemy. We will need strong political commitment to see this through, and expanded financing.
    We should act with resolve, and remain focused on our shared goal: to create a world in which no one dies of malaria. I remain confident that if we act with urgency and determination, we can beat this disease once and for all.
     Dr Margaret Chan,
    WHO Director-General
    Each year, WHO and partners unite around a common World Malaria Day theme. This year’s theme "End malaria for good" reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the "Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030". Adopted in May 2015 by the World Health Assembly, the strategy aims to dramatically lower the global malaria burden over the next 15 years. Its goals are ambitious but attainable:
    • reducing the rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%
    • reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%
    • eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries
    • preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free
    The timeline of 2016-2030 is aligned with the "2030 Agenda for sustainable development", the new global development framework endorsed by all UN Member States.
    According to WHO’s "World malaria report 2015", there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000. Progress was made possible through the massive expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines.

    Significant challenges remain however: globally, about 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria and 438,000 deaths, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Millions of people are still not accessing the services they need to prevent and treat malaria.

    The Malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium

    World Malaria Day offers an annual opportunity to highlight advances in malaria control and to commit to continued investment and action to accelerate progress against this deadly disease. To achieve the targets of the "Global technical strategy" annual investment for malaria control will need to triple from current levels, reaching US $8.7 billion annually by 2030.
    Goals, Milestones, Targets - GLOBAL TECHNICAL STRATEGY FOR MALARIA 2016–2030
    Strategic Framework - GLOBAL TECHNICAL STRATEGY FOR MALARIA 2016–2030
    World Malaria Day Twitter Chat
    Monday, April 25, 2016, 9:00 am to 11:30 am ET

    We are hosting an #EndMalaria Twitter roundtable on World Malaria Day. Please see below for a timeline of topics, retweet to promote our chat to your followers, and ask questions and chime in using #MalariaChat!
    9:00 am ET Reaching the hardest to reach
    9:30 am ET Malaria in Pregnancy
    10:00 am ET Harnessing innovation & expanding research
    10:30 am ET The threat of drug resistance
    11:00 am ET What impedes or inspires behavior adoption or change?

    PHOTOS :
    "End Malaria For Good" photo contest winner

    EVENTS :
    2016 World Malaria Day Symposium

    A DECADE OF PROGRESS : The President's Malaria Initiative
    - Tenth Annual Report to Congress | April 2016

    Global Malaria: The International Centers of Excellence Centennial Celebration
    Johns Hopkins University
    Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Monday, April 25, 2016

    World malaria day april 25th, 2016 in bern - DNDi


    Over the past 15 years, there has been a dramatic decline in the global burden of malaria. Since 2000, nearly 60 countries have reduced their malaria cases by 75% or more, and the rate of new cases has decreased by 37% globally. But our journey is far from over. In 2015 alone, more than 400 000 people died of malaria, and there were 214 million new cases of the disease.


    Friday, 22 April 2016

    English Language Day 2016, April 23

    "All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players." From 'As You Like It'
    by William Shakespeare

    English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as the birthday of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization's six official languages. The purpose of the UN's language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.


    World Book and Copyright Day 2016, 23 April

    A book is a link between the past and the future. It is a bridge between generations and across cultures. It is a force for creating and sharing wisdom and knowledge.
    Frank Kafka once said, “a book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.”
    A window onto our inner lives, books are also the doorway to mutual respect and understanding between people, across all boundaries and differences.
    Coming in all forms, books embody the diversity of human ingenuity, giving shape to the wealth of human experience, expressing the search for meaning and expression that all women and men share, that drive all societies forward. Books help weave humanity together as a single family, holding a past in common, a history and heritage, to craft a destiny that is shared, where all voices are heard in the great chorus of human aspiration.
    This is what we celebrate on World Book and Copyright Day, in partnership with the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions -- the power of books to nurture creativity and advance dialogue between women and men of all cultures.
    I thank Wroclaw, Poland, as the 2016 World Book Capital, for its commitment to spreading this message across the globe. This has never been so important at a time when culture is under attack, when freedom of expression is threatened, when diversity is challenged by rising intolerance.
    In turbulent times, books embody the human capacity to conjure up worlds of reality and imagination and express them in voices of understanding, dialogue and tolerance. They are symbols of hope and dialogue that we must cherish and defend.
    William Shakespeare died on 23 April, 1616, preceded by only one day by Cervantes. On this day, I call upon all of UNESCO’s partners to share the message that books are a force to counter, what Shakespeare called, “the common curse of mankind -- folly and ignorance.”


    EVENTS : World Book and Copyright Day 2016
    1. Participate in a conference on Copyright in Europe on 22 April at UNESCO HQ.
    2. Opening Ceremony in Wroclaw on 23 April to celebrate World Book Capital 2016
    3.  Discover the official Programme to mark the 4th Centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes

    SYDNEY: The first ILAB pop-up fair on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2016 will be the final event of an international conference (Books: Still So Much to Learn and Discover) for librarians, booksellers and anyone interested in rare books held on 21-22 April at the State Library of New South Wales, and organised by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB). The day after the conference booksellers will offer rare books, maps and ephemera at the NSW library.
    DUNKELD & HAMILTON: Three Victoria booksellers in the Australian bush are raising funds in their bookshops in the weeks leading up to World Book and Copyright Day. Roz Greenwood and Marg Phillips of Roz Greenwood Old & Rare Books and Guy Hamilton of Bellcourt Books are leading the fundraising efforts.
    The World Antiquarian Book Plaza in Tokyo will host a pop-up fair organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Japan (ABAJ). From Tokyo to Kyoto, Sapporo, Osaka and Kumamoto, Japanese rare book dealers will also decorate windows to raise money for UNESCO.
    SEOUL, PUSAN & DAEGU: Find rare and fine books with pop-up fairs in these three Korean cities.
    There will be a free appraisal day at the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts. Bring your books, maps, prints and autographs, and learn their value. There will also be a special exhibition and auction of books about books at bookshops in Moscow.
    Antiquarian Auctions and Penguin Random House will host a talk with Susan Buchanan, author of Burchell’s Travels: The Life, Art and Journeys of William John Burchell, and other experts in the field.
    BARCELONA: It is a tradition in Barcelona to offer a rose for every book bought on St Jorge’s Day, which coincides with World Book Day. ILAB bookseller Albert Casals and his colleagues will pop up at the famous La Ramblas, to show books and to raise money.
    MADRID: April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Don Quixote was printed in Madrid by Juan de la Cuesta. At Juan’s former house, Spanish booksellers will pop up and present rare editions of Don Quixote and other books about Spanish book history.
    At Cabaret Voltaire, where Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Marcel Janco and others founded the Dada movement in 1916, Swiss antiquarian booksellers will gather exactly 100 years later for a pop-up book fair. See a Dada performance and a presentation of rare first editions.
    “Book Tales & Cocktails” was a major success last year, so Munich’s rare book dealers are repeating the event at Kaufmanns Casino, where 15 antiquarian booksellers from Bavaria will once again show extraordinary books. Enjoy music, drinks, finger food, and a lecture on “Early 20th Century German Publishing” by collector and publisher Klaus G. Saur.
    Hungarian booksellers will hold a pop-up book fair at the Institute Cervantes to marks the 400th anniversary of the author’s death. Support literacy, see the Don Quixote exhibition and browse bibliophile treasures.
    Enjoy free entry to the Salon International du Livre Rare & de l’Autographe in the Grand Palais on 23 April in exchange for a donation to UNESCO’s South Sudan literacy project. Look out for the Miguel de Cervantes exhibition.
    AMSTERDAM: Frank Rutten, Sascha Kok and other Amsterdam booksellers are staging a ‘UNESCO Night of the Books’, with music and theater.
    HAARLEM: Visit a pop-up book market on Kruisstraat in the historical centre of Haarlem.
    GRONINGEN: Antiquariat Isis, ILAB’s only member in this part of Holland, is staging a special pop-up celebration at Folkingestraat in Groninge.
    Antiquarian booksellers will pop up in the foyers of Copenhagen libraries.
    STOCKHOLM: The Stockholm Culture Night celebrates art, music, dance and literature throughout the Swedish capital. Look out for Mats Petterson, Mats Rehnströhm and other Swedish booksellers popping up at the Royal Swedish Academy of Art to present treasures from the history of printing in Sweden.
    LUND: Pierre Dethorey from Akarps Antikvariat at Kalkstensvägen 21 is organizing a special exhibition of more than 200 Swedish chapbooks and catch-penny-prints.
    Booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) and colleagues in the Provincial Booksellers’ Association (PBFA) will join together at one of Britain’s largest book fairs, the Oxford Premier Fair, on April 23 and 24, to support the UNESCO initiative.

    CHICAGO: Kurt Gippert and fellow Windy City booksellers will hold a pop-up book fair overlooking Lake Michigan.
    SEATTLE: ILAB booksellers will be in the Madison Room at the Sorrento Hotel for a pop-up book fair including a six-hour appraisal event.
    PORTLAND, OREGON: Join ABAA bookseller Elisabeth Burdon of Old Imprints and some of her colleagues in celebrating the final ILAB event of World Book Day.

    United Nations


    World Intellectual Property Organization

      Discover rare books on the most unusual locations across the world