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Gender equality

PublisHer

PublisHer started as an informal group in 2018, when industry leaders Bodour Al Qasimi of the IPA and Maria Pallante of the Association of American Publishers launched a network to promote women’s role in shaping leadership in the publishing business. The group seeks to focus on how exclusion and gender bias affect women in their careers and impacts on content and diversity in books, and how diversity and inclusivity can be prioritized in the publishing industry.

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Gender equality

Series of Children’s Books about Sweden’s Top Female Football Players

The Swedish publisher Olika, run by Marie Tomičić, has developed a series of books about Sweden’s top female footballer players. The goal of the publication of the series is to contribute to increased equality and representation in literature. Beyond this, Olika is a publishing house focusing on diversity for young readers, and through publishing content such as this series, Olika is clearly committed to highlighting the sustainable development goals.

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Gender equality

Women in Battle: Freedom, Equality, and Sisterhood (comic book)

In this book about women’s 150 years of freedom, equality and sisterhood, authors Marta Breen and Jenny Jordahl tell inspiring stories of the women’s movements and many hard-won battles. Written as a comic, the book is easy to read, accessible and fun, and appeals to boys and girls, men and women alike. In this way, one title can have a big impact on readers worldwide, and help to shine a light on both historical and contemporary equality issues.

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Quality education

Read On. Get On.

The campaign aims to get all children in England reading well by the age of 11 and to have all children achieving good levels of language, early literacy and reading development by 2025. In essence, the mission of the campaign is to eradicate illiteracy for the next generation in the UK.

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Quality education

PROSE Award

As part of their PROSE award, the Association of American Publishers donates hundreds
of copies of books, written by award nominees, to colleges and universities. Up to 400
academic and professional books are given to various colleges and universities following
the announcement of the annual PROSE award winners.

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Quality education

Börsenverein’s Vorlesewettbewerb

The reading competition, organised by the German Publishers Association, Börsenverein, in cooperation with bookstores, libraries, schools and cultural institutions, is one of the largest nationwide student competitions in Germany. Established in 1959, over 600,000 students take part every year to present their favourite book and read a short passage from it.

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Quality education

LitCam

LitCam (Literary Campaign) is a German organization working for educational equality and integration. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of education in all groups of society and to impart life skills through various engaging projects. LitCam wants to improve educational
opportunities for everyone, regardless of their material or social requirements.

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Quality education

Symposium on Education

The Indonesian Publishers Association hosted a Symposium on Education to help identify improvements to the overall system. The aim of this symposium was to learn about useful trends that have led to improvements in education across the world, and to improve national educational strategies and learning outcomes.

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Good Health and well-being

Read The World

“Read The World” was launched as a response to the isolation imposed on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative provided a platform for much-loved children’s authors to read extracts of their books and promote the benefits of reading to younger generations.

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Good Health and well-being

Lancet Commissions

The Lancet has embraced the SDG goals in a series of Lancet Commissions specifically addressing the SDG goal of good health and wellbeing. The commissions outline the current progress, challenges and solutions that are needed from the research community and society in order to achieve the 2030 SDG 3 targets. Commissions include a review of the “Elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030” and “A UNAIDS–Lancet Commission on Defeating AIDS—Advancing Global Health”.

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Reduced inequalities

Research4Life

The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries. Since 2002, the five programmes have provided researchers in low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and law.

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Quality education

The Literacy Project

The Publishers Association (UK) has, in collaboration with the Department for International
Trade, launched The Literacy Project. In this targeted and concentrated initiative, the goal is to match the assets of the publishing industry (people, authors and books) with organisations and local initiatives, in a bid to drive up low levels of literacy and facilitate social mobilisation in the country’s poorest communities.

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No poverty

The Pearson Affordable Learning Fund

The Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, launched July 2012, invests in companies that build solutions for affordable and high quality education services across Africa, Asia and Latin America. For instance, Pearson has made investments in some school groups that supply low cost schools for students in countries including Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and the Philippines. This will enable children to access education where it is not provided by local governments.

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Gender equality

Asian Festival of Children’s Content

AFCC is the leading festival in Asia focusing on children’s books and stories and young adult (YA) fiction. AFCC promotes the creation and appreciation of quality children’s literature and YA with a focus on Asian themes. Speakers at AFCC 2021 touched on diverse representation in books, translation, inclusivity and mental health for children.

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Clean water and sanitation

Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters

‘Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters’ by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold-Finn is published by NewSouth in Australia. It is printed and packaged without using plastic. Dry trap varnish is used on the cover rather than plastic lamination. The reverse side of the board, effectively the rough, uncoated side, gives the cover added texture. Metal straps are used to secure the book boxes on pallets. All plastic shrink-wrapping is avoided.

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Decent work and economic growth

Principles of Publishing

“Our Principles of Publishing” document prepared by TPA aims to support the publishing industry and its stakeholders to accept and apply the stated principles to achieve common nominators of more equal individuals and institutions in terms of race, color, ethnic origins, age, religion, beliefs, disability status, gender, sexual identity, and sexual orientation. It also sets the rules for professional conduct.

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