The Opening Panel of the Hub will include IPA President Karine Pansa, Chief of UN Publications Mary Glenn, and London Book Fair Event Director Gareth Rapley. The opening will be on Tuesday, March 12th, from 10:45-11:00 AM. Immediately after the opening, a panel will be held on “How to Achieve the SDGs: Navigating the Challenges and Future Ahead” at the Hub, with the panelists including IPA Vice President Gvantsa Jobava, IPA Data and Statistics Committee Chair Pranav Gupta, IPA Inclusive Literacy and Publishing Committee Chair Dr. Michiel Kolman, as well as UN Publications Chief Mary Glenn. Later in the day, from 14:15-14:45, a panel on education titled “Placing Future Generations at the Heart of the SDGs” will be held at the Sustainability Hub.


On Wednesday, March 13th, two more panels will be hosted at the Hub, the first from 12:00-13:00 on “Publishers Associations Perspectives: Drivers and Barriers for climate action,” with panelists including former IPA President and current president of the Mexican Publishers Association Hugo Setzer, Publishers Association Head of Research  Susan Pinkney, Portuguese Publishers and Booksellers Association President APEL Pedro Sobral, FEP Legal Advisor Quentin Deschandelliers, and IPA Inclusive Literacy and Publishing Committee Chair Dr. Michiel Kolman. The second panel will be on “The lifecycle of a book and its impact on the climate,” with panelists including Elsevier Global Sustainability Director Rachel Martin, Cambridge University Press & Assessment Digital Sustainable Lead Andri Johnston, Canon European Sales Manager Strategic Accounts Jörg Engelstädter, and Libri CEO Alyna Wnukowsky. Another panel of note, to be held from 11:00-11:45 at the International Markets Theatre, is “Publishing for Sustainable Development: The Role of Publishers in Africa,” covering the important role of African publishers in promoting the SDGs.


We look forward to advancing discussions on Sustainability at LBF 2024.



*by invitation only

Monday, 11 March 2024:

  • 14:00 – 17:00: IPA Executive Committee Meeting*
  • 19:30 – 22:00: IPA Executive Committee Dinner*

Tuesday, 12 March 2024:

Wednesday, 13 March 2024:

Thursday, 14 March 2024:

Friday, 15 March 2024:

  • 9:00 – 15:00: IPA Educational Publishers Forum*

From discussions on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to exploring the intersection of copyright and artificial intelligence, the IPA’s participation promises to be insightful and forward-looking.


About the SDG Book Club

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club was launched at Bologna International Children’s 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.

The book club was created by the United Nations in cooperation with the International Publishers Association (IPA), the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Board for Books for Young People (IBBY) and Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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The SDG Publishers Compact

The compact features 10 action points that publishers, publishing associations and others can commit to undertaking in order to accelerate progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Signatories aspire to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the SDGs, publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop and inspire action in that direction.

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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.

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