The SDG Publishers Compact is a voluntary commitment that recognizes the responsibility of the publishing industry to create a sustainable future through action. Signatories aspire to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the SDGs during the Decade of Action (2020-2030), publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop and inspire action in that direction.
I had the honour of signing the Compact on behalf of IPA during its launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020, when we also heard UN’s Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming’s message: “We at the United Nations are excited to know that the publishing industry is becoming part of this global movement. This Compact is a welcome initiative and one we hope will showcase innovative ideas from a sector that has a critical role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”
We are now delighted to have Mrs. Fleming as a confirmed speaker for the International Publishers Congress, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, 4-6 December 2024.
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said in September 2023, during the UN summit, that ‘We all need to step up’ to rescue the SDG’s and fight for a better future.’
Publishers are stepping up. After witnessing the signing of the Compact by the Mexican and Colombian Publishers Associations, as well as the Guadalajara and Bogotá Book Fairs, I am thrilled to announce the video presentation of the SDG Publishers Compact in Spanish, where I am joined by my friend Carmen Morales, Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. You can read the SDG Publishers Compact in Spanish.
I trust many publishers in the Spanish speaking world will now be able to also sign this important Compact. For the future of our world and the legacy for our children.