City to apply for the title of World Book Capital City
Shenzhen is applying for the title of World Book Capital City of UNESCO in accordance to a ten year guideline given during the city’s 10th Reading Month launching ceremony.City Party chief and senior officials attended the ceremony where an exhibition of the city development in relation to books for the past 30 years was on display.
This year’s campaign is to promote reading in daily life. The campaign started with a mission to provide ideal reading environment for the city residents, especially to the migrant workers who have limited access to books. Under the guidelines the city must aim to have 75 percent of it population reading an hour a day, making way for the World Book Capital application. So far four donations of books worth 10 million yuan was received by the Book Houses for Young Workers and Project Hope schools in less developed cities and areas. Plans for building 20 more Book Houses for Young Workers will be done this month that would help promote reading to young migrant workers.
The World Book Capital City is a program initiated by UNESCO in 2001, and it was based on positive experience of the World Book and Copyright Day. The nomination does not have any monetary compensation, only an exclusive symbolic acknowledgment dedicated to books and reading.