Youth literacy has steadily increased around the world over the past three decades, according to data from UNICEF.

Overall, the number of illiterate young people has fallen by around 75 million in the past 30 years, despite global population increases.

However, it's not all good news.

A gender gap persists, and more than 100 million young people were still illiterate in 2016. This gap has narrowed in recent years, but there were still 13 million more illiterate 15- to 24-year-old women than men in that year.

International Literacy Day is held on 8 September every year, and highlights successes but also the challenges that remain in global literacy rates.

This year's event focuses on multilingualism, and embracing linguistic diversity, particularly in a globalized and digital modern world.

You can find out more about the event here.

What is the World Economic Forum's Book Club?

The World Economic Forum launched its official Book Club on Facebook in April 2018. Readers worldwide are invited to join and discuss a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. It is a private Facebook group dedicated to discussing one book every month.

Each month, we announce a new book on our social media channels. We then publish an extract and begin a chapter-by-chapter discussion with group members. Selected comments and questions are sent to the author, who in return sends us a video response.

Unlike other book clubs, the group features the direct involvement of the authors, giving you - our global audience with members all around the globe - a chance to directly connect with some of the most influential thinkers and experts in the world.

We have featured authors such as Steven Pinker, Elif Shafak, Yuval Noah Harari, and Melinda Gates.

You can join the Book Club here.

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