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  •  The Council of Europe participated as a guest of honour at this year's 54th International Book Fair in Warsaw held on 21 - 24 May 2009. The event was organized within the framework of the national programme of celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

    The CoE Information Office prepared a series of events and presentations of books about the CoE at the largest and most visible stand (300 m2) under the banner "Europe is more than you think".

    This year's Fair was visited by more than 51 thousand of visitors.

    During the Fair many publications of the CoE and of its Information Office were presented. The Information Office organized many interesting events on that occasion, including a Conference on "Safety of children in the media - Internet and more" co-organized with the TP Group. The meeting was attended by among others Mr Marek Michalak - the Children's Rights Ombudsman, Minister Elżbieta Radziszewska - the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment, Minister Krzysztof Stanowski - Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Education and Dr Karol Jakubowicz - the CoE's expert in the field of media.

    A new book on the Council of Europe, entitled: "60 years of the Council of Europe. Establishment and application of legal standards" prepared by the CoE's Information Office and published by the Publishing House "Wiedza i Praktyka", was promoted on the CoE's stand. Many of the book's co-authors - eminent experts in law - participated in the event, among them Professor Marek Safjan, Professor Mirosław Wyrzykowski and Professor Jan Barcz.

    The CoE's Information Office promoted also other CoE's publications, such as the Polish edition of "Compasito" - a manual on teaching children about human rights. The Children's Rights Ombudsman Marek Michalak participated as a guest in this event as well as in the discussion promoting the campaign "Raise your hand against smacking".

    In addition, the CoE Information Office promoted the Council of Europe's antidiscrimination campaign. Many of well-known athletes were invited to participate in the campaign "Speak out against discrimination", among them: Dorota Idzi, Robert Korzeniowski, Dariusz Dziekanowski, Tomasz Majewski, and sports journalists - Włodzimierz Szaranowicz, Bohdan Chruścicki and Maciej Kurzajewski. Their presence attracted many guests to the CoE's stand. During the meetings with athletes the problem of discrimination in sports was discussed and a poster and an appeal "Speak out against Discrimination" were being signed.

    Seminars for teachers and parents on languages' teaching, human rights (in cooperation with the National In-Service Teacher Training Center (NTTC) and the Center in Graz) as well as on the safety of children in internet (in cooperation with Foundation ORANGE and Microsoft) were held.

    The films about the Council of Europe and its awareness-raising campaigns were presented, and the Internet cafe with educational programs was available all the time.

    Within four days of the Fair the CoE's stand was visited by thousands of guests.

    The Council of Europe's publications are still offered on the internet site of the organizer of the International Book Fair Ars Polona . Publications can be purchased by submitting the order form.

    The Warsaw International Book Fairs have been held for more than 50 years and are the second largest event of this kind in Europe, after Frankfurt Book Fairs. Every year, some 700 exhibitors take part and the Fair is visited by about 45 000 people.

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