Rio de Janeiro Follows Sharjah as World Book Capital for 2025

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Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. ARCHIVE

Brazil’s Rio de Janiero will follow Sharjah and other cities as the World Book Capital for 2025, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced.

The UNESCO designates a World Book Capital each year. In 2019, the UAE’s Sharjah was designated as UNESCO World Book Capital. Accra in Ghana is this year’s World Book Capital. The title will be given to Strasbourg in France in 2024.

“Books are vital vehicles to access, transmit and promote education, science, culture and information worldwide. Thanks to books, we keep ourselves informed, entertained and are able to better understand our world. This is why, each year UNESCO designates a World Book Capital. After Accra in 2023, and Strasbourg in 2024, I am pleased to announce the designation of Rio de Janeiro as World Book Capital for 2025,” said UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay

UNESCO and the World Book Capital Advisory Committee commended Rio de Janeiro’s literary heritage and plan to promote literature, sustainable publishing and reading. This is the first time that a Portuguese-speaking city has been designated World Book Capital.

Rio de Janeiro’s year-long celebrations will start on April 23, 2025 on World Book and Copyright Day.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and groups and to organize events throughout the year. ICA/Expat Media

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