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New Nominations for UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

20-03-2003 ()
40 documentary heritage nominations from 25 countries that have been submitted for inclusion in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register were reviewed during the first meeting of the Register Sub-committee. The Committee, which comprises international archives and library experts convened for a two-day meeting this week at UNESCO's Paris Headquarters.
The impact of the Memory of the World Programme can be seen through the number of nominations received from Member States such as Croatia, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Uruguay, which have submitted proposals for the first time.

Another first is the "Free Software" nomination proposed for inclusion in the Register and which is considered by its sponsors as part of the "heritage of mankind".

The final decision on which collections will be included in the Register will be taken by UNESCO's Director-General on recommendation of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Memory of the World Programme, which is scheduled to meet towards the end of August 2003.

The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage, which has been identified by the International Advisory Committee in its meetings in Tashkent (September 1997), in Vienna (June 1999) and in Cheongju City (June 2001) and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding the selection criteria for world significance. At present, the Register lists 68 collections of world significance.
Related themes/countries

      · Register Sub-Committee
      · Memory of the World: News archives 2003
      · News Archives of the Memory of the World Register: 2003
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