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Yerevan to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2012

6th July 2010

Yerevan in Armenia has been named the World Book Capital 2012 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

A meeting between the agency, the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions voted in favour of the city receiving the title.

The organisations revealed that Yerevan was chosen because of its grass-roots publishing programme that concentrates on the 'social fabric of the city' as well as international issues.

Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, said Yerevan's submission bid for the title showed that the city's publishing industry is committed to a number of important themes, such as freedom of expression and encouraging a love of literature in children.

IPA secretary general Jens Bammel added: 'We are very much looking forwarded to working with the various Armenian stakeholders, in particular the local publishers, to contribute to the success of Yerevan, World Book Capital 2012.'

The current UNESCO World Book Capital is Ljubljana in Slovenia, while in 2011 it will be Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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