Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean

Centre régional pour la promotion du livre en Amérique latine et dans les Caraïbes
Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC)
Centro Regional para o Fomento do Livro na América Latina e o Caribe

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1971-04 Bogota Colombia


Established under an International Cooperation Agreement between B-XB3383 - UNESCO and the Government of Colombia, as an integral part of a UNESCO programme for the establishment of similar centres in other regions (Karachi, Tokyo (Japan), Yaoundé). Agreement approved by the Colombian Government, Dec 1971; new Agreement approved by he Columbian Government, Nov 1986. A UNESCO Category II Centre.


Instigate the formulation of national policies on books and reading aimed at improving the production, dissemination and distribution of books in Latin America and the Caribbean; promote measures to develop and coordinate the book market in this region as a step towards forming a common book market; support national book and reading promotion activities; conduct or support research on reading habits, levels and interest; carry out studies on the best strategies for promoting reading; promote training courses for people working in the field; advise and help strengthen public and school libraries; provide general and technical information on all stages of creating, printing and distributing books and on reading and copyright laws, by carrying out studies and compiling and distributing statistics, information and documentation on production, distribution, marketing and demand for books.


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Council, consisting of representatives from Colombia (as organization headquarters), member states and UNESCO, elects Executive Committee from among its members. Centre Director, assisted by Secretary General and Technical and Administrative Deputy Secretaries.


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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