The well-attended summit was opened by Juergen Boos, head of the book fair, who underlined the need to work together, a message echoed by IPA President, Karine Pansa who also underlined the urgency for action.

Mary Glenn, the new chief of UN Publications, placed the progress towards the SDGs in context as we pass half way to 2030. While progress hasn’t been good enough she encouraged everyone that all games are won in the second half. You can read the results of a survey of SDG Publishers Compact signatories.

The UN Publications team has now published a wonderful catalogue of the 17 reading lists from the SDG Book Club. One reading list for each of the Global Goals in all six official UN languages! You can browse the full catalogue of inspiring reads here:

The session closed with a great look at practical initiatives from booksellers on returns, STM publishers with their SDG roadmap, the 2030 publishing accelerator and the Book 2.0 conference in Lisbon.