Global Goals Week sees book sector organisations from Brazil and Portugal come together and commit to augmenting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club with a collection of lusophone books about the different goals for children.
Vitor Tavares, President CBL said: There are so many great books out there in Portuguese that deal with the different Sustainable Development Goals. They can teach children about the challenges we face and hopefully help us achieve the goals by 2030.
Bruno Duarte Eiras, Deputy Director, General-Directorate for Book, Archives and Libraries – Portugal said: Books have the power to help us understand the world around us and each other. We’re excited to be building on the original UN SDG Book Club to bring the goals to Portuguese-speaking children.
Amir Piedade, President FNLIJ (Brazilian section of iBBY): Part of IBBY’s Mission is to promote international understanding by bringing children and books together. What better way to do that than through the SDG Book Club. We’re delighted to be involved.
Pedro Sobral, Leya EG General Manager and APEL Vice President: Our hope is that the SDG Book Club will provide a wonderful resource for parents, teachers and libraries to start important conversations with children about topics related to sustainability.
Adrianne Ferrari, Vice President FEBAB (Brazilian Libraries Federation): To achieve the SDGs, we need everyone in society. I am delighted that libraries are strategic partners for this project and that the SDG book club will be a powerful way to explain and promote the SDG agenda.
Sherri Aldis, Chief UN Publications: We are delighted to see the expansion of the SDG Book Club, making lusophone books discoverable for millions of children around the world to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and what they can do to help achieve them.
The Portuguese language club follows the recent launches of clubs in Norway and Indonesia. The world’s publishing community through the IPA supports the SDGs as an investment in future generations of leaders, innovators and agents of change.
The founding partners for the Portuguese language book club are:
- APEL – Portuguese Publishers Association
- CBL – Brazilian Book Chamber
- FEBAB – Brazilian Libraries Federation
- FNLIJ - Brazilian section of iBBY
- DGLAB - General-Directorate for Book, Archives and Libraries
Organisations interested in joining the initiative are invited to contact:
About the SDG Book Club
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club was launched at Bologna International Childrens Book Fair in 2019 and aims to use books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a curated reading list of books from around the world related to each of the 17 SDGs in all six official UN languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
About the SDGs
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by world leaders at the historic Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. Encompassing everything from health, to gender equality, and education, the Goals will mobilize efforts around the world to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.