The city was selected for World Book Capital 2013 by a committee made up of representatives from the three main branches of the publishing world and UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), which met at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters on June 27.
The committee said that it had selected Bangkok “for its willingness to bring together all the various stakeholders in the book supply chain and beyond, actors involved in the publication chain for a range of projects proposed, for its community-focused and the high level of its commitment through the proposed activities.”
Meanwhile, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova congratulated Bangkok “for the rich and varied program it has prepared and committed itself to, that gives special emphasis to young people, marginalized groups and the development of reading for all.”
The UNESCO chief also noted that Bangkok had emphasized the importance of cooperation and dialogue, at local, national and international levels. “This program responds perfectly to the objectives of the World Book Capital project, which is attracting the attention of an increasing number of cities worldwide,” Bokova added.
Each year this committee attributes the title to a city which has committed itself to promote books and reading, and to highlight the vitality of literary creativity. The nomination does not imply any financial prize, but an exclusively symbolic acknowledgment of the best program dedicated to books and reading, UNESCO said.
Previous World Book Capitals were:
Madrid (Spain, 2001)
Alexandria (Egypt, 2002)
New Delhi (India, 2003)
Antwerp (Belgium, 2004)
Montreal (Canada, 2005)
Turin (Italy, 2006)
Bogota (Colombia, 2007)
Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2008)
Beirut (Lebanon, 2009)
Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2010)
Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2011)
Yerevan (Armenia, 2012)
Congratulations to Bangkok.