BookStart Baby Bag Program

The Bookstart Baby programme, run by the UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust, will provide book packs to families with babies born in 2021 to support their early learning and development and encourage a positive home learning environment. Bookstart Baby packs aim to promote a love of reading in children from as young an age as possible, and every child aged 0-12 months is eligible for a free pack of books and resources.

Indonesian SDG Book Club

On World Book day 2020, The United Nations in Indonesia launched its SDG Book Club, aiming to get Indonesian children to learn about sustainable development and to empower them through stories. The Book Club presents reading tips and a reading list with suggested reading in Indonesian for different age groups covering all of the SDGs.

UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition

The UNESCO Global Education Coalition is a platform for collaboration and exchange to protect the right to education during the unprecedented disruption brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to support countries in scaling up their best distance learning practices and reaching children and you who are most at risk. Publishers are among the coalition members and will be key in the effort to strengthen and enrich the content brought to children who are learning away from school.

Workshop and Seminar on National Book and Reading Policies for Africa

A workshop on National Book and Reading Policies for Africa was held in Nairobi, June 2019. Both the workshop and follow-up seminar validated the African Union Continental Framework on Book and Reading Policy, intended to support quality education for national development in 42 anglophone and francophone African countries. Furthermore, the collaboration is seen as instrumental to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, in particular SDG 4: Quality Education.

Technical Seminar on National Book and Reading Policies (NBRP)

This jointly organised technical seminar on National Book and Reading Policies (NBRP) in Africa was intended to support quality education through sustained and improved literacy for the benefit of African people and national development. The seminar took place in December 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The six participating anglophone countries were Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda. Participants were guided through the process of developing national book and reading policies.

Springer Nature’s Sustainable Development Goals Programme

The Springer Nature China New Development Awards were announced in 2019. This award recognises the contribution of Chinese research to international sustainable development, which is significant as China has one of the world’s fastest growing volume of scientific and scholarly research globally. 10 Chinese authors received the award in recognition for their research into areas such as climate change, economic development, eco-development and green intelligent transportation systems.

Parliamentary Book Club

The Parliamentary Book Club is an initiative whereby Australians get to nominate a book they think their leaders must read. Launched in 2019, it invites all parliamentarians to read the selected book, and then participate in a meeting at Parliament House to join the author in a discussion of the book’s main themes. The intention is that the books will lay the foundation for discussion around aspects of Australian life, which could inform and inspire new ways of thinking.

Freedom to Publish Committee and the Prix Voltaire

In a democracy, the rights of authors and publishers to create and distribute their works in complete freedom is critical. The IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee challenges violations and drives dialogue around issues related to the freedom to publish. The IPA also awards the prestigious Prix Voltaire to recognise exemplary courage in upholding the freedom to publish. Nominees have usually published controversial works amid pressure, threats, intimidation and harassment.

Reducing the Use of Plastic in Packaging

Publishers mainly use plastic for shrink wrapping to protect books, magazines and journals during distribution and selling. However, some publishers have taken measures to reduce the use of plastic in their packaging. Springer Nature have in 2019 stopped wrapping all but the largest research books (where damage is more likely if unwrapped), reducing the number of units wrapped by 1.2 million and replaced two million plastic wallets, used for CDs, with paper alternatives.

Responsible Sourcing of Printed Material: Guidelines for The Green Book Trade

In 2016, the Norwegian Publishers Association began to work on the topic “The green book trade.” Their goal has been to make it easier for publishers to choose their suppliers based on an internationally recognised set of criteria and guidelines. They developped a guide to the sustainable procurement of paper, an introduction on to procurement policies, a list of tools and measures to prevent the use of controversially sourced paper, and a system for rating individual books and paper quality.