Wilde’s Happy Prince among UN book club’s poverty picks

Wilde’s Happy Prince among UN book club’s poverty picks

The launch titles of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Book Club were revealed at Bologna yesterday (2nd April), all of which explore the topic of poverty.

The SDG Book Club was launched at the London Book Fair last month, in association with organisations such as the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and the International Publishers Association (IPA) to promote the UN’s sustainable development goals.

The 21 titles exploring poverty in the first book club selection—published in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish—include Matt de la Peña’s The Last Stop on Market Street, Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince (illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring) and Yael Hassan’s L’Usine. "No Poverty" is the UN’s top sustainable development goal. The list was launched by Michiel Kolman, presidential envoy for diversity and inclusion at the IPA, and Carole Bloch, IBBY vice-president. Amina Mohammed, UN deputy secretary-general, addressed the audience at Bologna via video message.

The book club will run every month for 17 months and cover all sustainable development goals, including "zero hunger" in May and "good health and wellbeing" in June.