Celebrating books, selling studying: Accra is twenty third UNESCO Guide Capital



On April 23, 2022, Accra started a year-long journey of actions to etch its identify on the map of the UNESCO because the twenty third World Guide Capital.

The World Guide Capital (WBC) was launched by the UNESCO to acknowledge cities for selling books and fostering studying for a yr beginning on April 23, which is the World Guide and Copyright Day.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Guide Capital come out with actions to encourage a tradition of studying in all ages and sharing UNESCO’s values.


With Accra profitable the title for 2023, by way of the year-long actions, Ghana stands to learn as a result of the UNESCO Guide Capital will assist create an avenue to unearth and develop creativity.

For the reason that actions of the occasion will span a yr, it’s anticipated to convey collectively all stakeholders within the e book business as a part of projecting books and the significance of books and studying.

The occasion is, due to this fact, a possibility for authors to be motivated to provide good manuscripts for publication. Gamers within the native e book business, resembling authors, publishers, designers and illustrators, printers, e book sellers and distributors, shall be projected globally.

It is usually a possibility for a sturdy enhance in patronage and sale of books and so, profitable the title can even uplift the native e book business, Accra, in addition to the nation at massive.


Yearly, the official web site of the UNESCO publishes an Open Name for Purposes from cities everywhere in the world. The Open Name for Purposes for 2024 was revealed in February 2022.

The nomination doesn’t embody any monetary prize; it acknowledges the most effective programmes devoted to books and studying.

The Director-Normal of the UNESCO of the day, is answerable for the designation of the cities following each inner and exterior consultations with the opposite members of an Advisory Committee.

The committee, which meets yearly, is made up of 1 consultant of the Worldwide Authors Discussion board (IAF), the Worldwide Federation of Library Associations and Establishments (IFLA), the Worldwide Publishers Affiliation (IPA) and one UNESCO consultant.

To make sure a balanced illustration of all areas of the world, the Advisory Committee doesn’t think about consecutive nominations of cities from the identical area.

Additionally, the committee will solely think about an software for a metropolis in a rustic the place one other metropolis has been a UNESCO World Guide Capital after a interval of 10 years or extra, for the reason that earlier host metropolis’s nomination.


To be thought-about, the mayor of the town making the appliance should endorse the programme introduced by the town to the nominating committee for consideration.

The programmes run from one World Guide and Copyright Day to the subsequent.

The candidates’ programme proposals are usually evaluated utilizing six standards:

The submission of an exercise programme particularly conceived for the World Guide Capital and carried out in the course of the metropolis’s time period as Capital with long-term advantages for companions and society at massive; a normal define of bills foreseen and fund-raising methods; and the diploma of municipal, regional, nationwide and worldwide involvement, together with skilled and non-governmental organisations, and the foreseeable influence of the programmes;

Moreover, the amount and high quality of one-time or ongoing actions organised by the applicant metropolis in collaboration with nationwide, regional and worldwide skilled organisations representing writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians respecting the assorted gamers within the e book provide chain and within the scientific and literary neighborhood;

Additionally, the amount and high quality of some other noteworthy tasks selling and fostering books and studying; and the conformity with the rules of freedom of expression, freedom to publish and to distribute data, as acknowledged within the UNESCO Structure, in addition to Articles 19 and 27 of the Common Declaration of Human Rights and by the Settlement on the Importation of Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Supplies (Florence Settlement), in addition to conformity with the UN Constitution and related UN resolutions.

Former capitals

The primary UNESCO World Guide Capital designated was Madrid (Spain) in 2001.

An settlement was concluded among the many companions that, after Madrid, the next capitals can be Alexandria in 2002 and New Delhi in 2003.

Different earlier winners are Antwerp (Belgium) for 2004; Montreal (Canada) for 2005; Turin (Italy) for 2006; Bogota (Colombia) for 2007; Amsterdam (The Netherlands) for 2008; Beirut (Lebanon) for 2009; Ljubljana (Slovenia) for 2010; Buenos Aires (Argentina) for 2011; Yerevan (Armenia) for 2012; and Bangkok (Thailand) for 2013.

The remaining are Port Harcourt (Nigeria) in 2014; Incheon (Republic of Korea) in 2015; Wroclaw (Poland) in 2016; Conakry (Republic of Guinea) in 2017; Athens (Greece) in 2018; Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) in 2019; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2020; Tbilisi (Georgia) in 2021 and Guadalajara (Mexico) in 2022.

Accra thus turns into the third metropolis in Africa to have been nominated for the enviable place because the UNESCO World Guide Capital after Port Harcourt and Conakry.


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