UNESCO World Book Capital Network
On Thursday 22 September, in Wrocław, the official ceremony of signing the World Book Capital Network (WBCN) Charter took place. The new network of international cooperation, consisting of former, current and future UNESCO World Book Capitals aims to create joint projects and programmes building the social awareness of the importance for the contemporary world of literature and its creators, the book industry, broadening readership and the fight with illiteracy. The fundamental values underlying the Network are freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
The World Book Capital Network Charter consists of 14 cities: Accra, Antwerp, Athens, Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Montreal, Ljubljana, Strasbourg, Sharjah, Tbilisi, Turin and Wrocław, which joined as the only city from Poland. The main coordinator is UNESCO, and the advising committee consists of representatives of the International Authors Forum, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and International Publishers Association.
The operator of the UNESCO World Book Capital Network in Wrocław is Wrocław Literature House.