Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates was named ‘World Book Capital for the year’ 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee which met at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
The city was selected because of the very innovative, comprehensive and inclusive nature of the application, with a community-focused activity program containing creative proposals to engage the very large migrant population. The program runs with a slogan ‘Read – you are in Sharjah’. It focuses on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing, and children.
Important Takeaways from Above News-
- As the nineteenth cities to bear the title since 2001, Sharjah follows Athens (2018) and Conakry (2017).
- The Full form of UNESCO is United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
- UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France
Source- The UNESCO