April 23 marks the birthday or death of world’s leading authors including Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, is being celebrated across the globe on Monday.The event which is held on every year on April 23 aims to inculcate reading, promote publishing and copyright.It is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) .It was first held in the year 1995.
April 23 has been a symbolic date for a long time.This year, UNESCO has commemorated the day to 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights which includes freedom of expression and right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress.
Several events are expected to be held across the world to celebrate the power of books to bring us together and to transmit the wisdom among diverse cultures. UNESCO headquarters will conduct workshops, exhibitions, lectures etc to offer public a closer look at each of the 30 articles of the Declaration, as well as related materials and actions.
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