In a twist on the traditional end-of-the-year “best of” lists that usually arrive in December, the UNESCO Cities of Literature will issue a list of “17 Books for the 17 SDGs” between Monday December 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Each day, select Cities of Literature will post book suggestions from their cities and countries to social media, using the hashtag #17Booksfor17SDGs. Each day, a different 2030 Sustainable Development Goal will be highlighted, with books relevant to those topics suggested. These might be nonfiction titles that specifically address that day’s SDG, or perhaps a work of fiction that somehow ties into the theme.

Several of the 39 UNESCO Cities of Literature will take part directly, while others will repost and retweet these selections to broaden the reach of the message.
The project, initiated by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, seeks to draw attention to the Sustainable Development Goals and to show the value in raising awareness to these issues.

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