Major inter-regional conference on memory preservation and accessibility organized by UNESCO

Heritage Stewardship – Documentary Heritage
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Major inter-regional conference on memory preservation and accessibility organized by UNESCO
31 October 2018
In a first for the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme, UNESCO brought together 46 countries in Panama City to discuss ways of creating effective conditions for the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Held from 24 to 27 October 2018, the conference brought MoW experts from Asia/Pacific, Europe and North America, Africa, Arab States, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean, representing regional committees of MoW and international organizations actively engaged in preserving and promoting documentary heritage.

In her welcome remarks to the participants, Ms Lidia Brito, Director of the UNESCO Montevideo office, extolled documentary heritage as one of the key foundations for human civilization. She singled out UNESCO’s Recommendation Concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form as a defining normative instrument which underpinned this inter-regional conference…

Various speakers, mostly drawn from national committees of Memory of the World, shared their experiences as to their national and regional efforts to preserve documentary heritage under difficult circumstances. Examples in this respect included:
:: Preserving documentary heritage in tsunami-hit Japan.
:: Enhancing regional approaches to disaster recovery and heritage preservation by the Caribbean Archives Association.
:: A project by the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) on Archives at Risk: Endangered Audiovisual Archives and Global Preservation Efforts.
:: Using the UNESCO SIDS Action Plan as a framework for preserving documentary heritage in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including through the MoW Programme…