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01-06-2005 10:40 am UNESCO and the State Archives Administration of China will host the 7th meeting of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in Lijiang (China) from June 13 to 17. During the meeting, the Committee will review requests by Member States of UNESCO to inscribe documentary heritage properties on the Memory of the World Register.
mexico_180.jpg The 14-member Committee will recommend which properties should be added to the Register. These recommendations will then be transmitted to the Director-General of UNESCO, who decides on the inscriptions. The members of the Committee are international experts appointed by the Director-General in their personal capacity for their authority in the field of documentary heritage preservation. In Lijiang, they will also consider progress achieved by the Memory of the World Programme and propose funding for new projects.

The Memory of the World Register, which was created in 1997, presently numbers 91 properties such as the journal of James Cook, sound archives of traditional music held by the Chinese Academy of Arts in Beijing, Søren Kierkegaard’s archives, and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s expressionist cinema masterpiece, “Metropolis.” The Committee meets to study nomination requests every two years.

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme was established to preserve and raise awareness of documentary heritage, the memory of the world, which reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures. The programme was born of the realization that this memory is fragile and that important documentary material is lost every day.

Photo © UNAM, Mexico A film still from Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados


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