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International Appeal for the Preservation of the World Audiovisual Heritage

04-01-2005 (Paris)
International Appeal for the Preservation of the World Audiovisual Heritage
Damaged film archives in Burkina Faso
“The world audiovisual heritage that bears witness to the people's cultural identity is under immediate threat. 200 million hours of audio and video records are endangered, particularly in the developing countries” says the International Federation of Television Archives inviting for on-line signatures to its “Call from Paris”.
The appeal was launched at the 27th annual conference of the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA), in October 2004 in Paris, France, in association with sister organizations such as the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) and the Southeast Asia Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

The Call from Paris is intended to draw attention to the perilous situation of these archives, to get the support of the United Nations General Assembly and to demonstrate the solidarity of archivists and users all around the globe, says FIAT.

UNESCO works to help in developing audiovisual archival infrastructure, trained professionals and accepted professional reference points to ensure the safeguard and preservation of the audiovisual heritage of humanity.

In 2003, UNESCO’s General Conference adopted a “Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage”, a declaration of principle designed to assist Member States in preparing national policies to preserve, and provide access to, digital heritage.

FIAT/IFTA was set up in Rome in 1977, by ARD (Germany), BBC (UK), INA (France) and RAI (Italy). With 180 members in over 70 countries, FIAT/IFTA is presently the most important professional organization in the field of broadcasting archives. Its membership is drawn from public and commercial broadcasters, national audiovisual archives and technical companies catering to the broadcasting industry.

FIAT/IFTA is also a member of the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), an umbrella group of organizations whose primary objective is the support of professional audiovisual archive activities, and whose membership is primarily institutional and international (worldwide or regional).
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