The documentary heritage in libraries and archives constitutes a major part of that memory and reflects the diversity of peoples, languages and cultures. But that memory is fragile. UNESCO, therefore, takes actions to help in its preservation.
The Roman King on the throne with imperial dignitaries and other courtiers.
The first and most urgent need is to ensure the preservation, by the most appropriate means, of documentary heritage that has world significance. It is also important to make this heritage accessible to as many people as possible, using the most appropriate technology, both inside and outside the countries in which it is located.
High quality text, sound and image banks could be compiled and made available on local and global networks, and reproductions made in all possible forms including compact discs, albums, books, postcards and microfilms. The proceeds from the sale of related products would then be ploughed back into preservation work.