New York: Unesco has chosen Armenia`s capital Yerevan as the World Book Capital for 2012 as part of the organisation`s efforts to promote books and the reading habit.
Yerevan, Armenia`s largest city, was chosen for the quality and variety of programmes it put on offer.
"I congratulate the city of Yerevan, which has presented a particularly interesting programme with many different themes, including freedom of expression, as well as several activities for children, who will be the readers and authors of tomorrow," Unesco Director General Irina Bokova said.
The city chosen as the world book capital holds the distinction for one year, beginning on the "World Book and Copyright Day", observed on April 23.
Yerevan is the 12th city to be designated after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010) and Buenos Aires (2011).