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Memory of the World meeting aims high in Shanghai

10-11-2006 (Paris/Hong Kong)
Memory of the World meeting aims high in Shanghai
Shangai, China.
© Ray Edmondson
Launching the first regional “Memory of the World” register and planting a new National Committees for the Memory of the World Programme were topics high on the agenda of the 6th Bureau meeting of the UNESCO Memory of the World Committee for Asia Pacific (MOWCAP), held in Shanghai, China from 6 to 8 November.
The meeting was generously hosted by the Municipal Archives of Shanghai at its newly occupied headquarters, a heritage waterfront building along Shanghai’s famous “Bund”, one of the city’s great scenic attractions.

The practical arrangements for launching the Asia Pacific Regional Register were set in place, and a formal call for nominations will soon be issued. A Register Subcommittee to evaluate all nominations is being set up under the chairmanship of Thai historian Rujaya Abhakorn, and the first group of inscriptions will be announced at the next full MOWCAP meeting, which is scheduled for February 2008.

Reports on MoW activities from across the region were reviewed. The creation of a new National MoW Committee in the Philippines was welcomed, and recent projects and workshops in Korea, Australia and the Pacific were particularly noted. The Bureau decided to develop a guide on the setting up of National MoW Committees which will appear on the recently established MOWCAP website early in the new year.

The MOWCAP Bureau manages the work of the Regional Committee between the biennial meetings of the full MOWCAP. It most recently met in Manila in November 2005, and a proposal from the Australian National MoW Committee to hold the next meeting in Canberra in February 2008 was explored at the Bureau meeting. The four members of the Bureau (Chair, Ray Edmondson; Vice-chair, Carmen Padilla; Secretary-General, Simon Chu; and UNESCO Advisor for CI, Susanne Ornager), together with Mr Abhakorn, worked through a lengthy agenda which also included issues of advocacy, fundraising and sponsorship, and the production of a planned pictorial book built around the documentary treasures of the region.
Memory of the World meeting aims high in Shanghai
Memory of the World meeting aims high in Shanghai MOWCAP Bureau
© Ray Edmondson
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