UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright by celebrating this Day throughout the world, .
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature, since 23 April 1616 was the date of death of Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. 23 April is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Shakespeare, Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
This year’s edition of the WBCD also marks the 80th anniversary of the Index Translationum. The Index Translatonum is an international bibliography of translation which provides a unique tool for the monitoring of translation flows in the world.