UNESCO New Delhi organized an online event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its Memory of the World (MoW) Programme entitled “Keeping the Memory of the World Alive” on 28 October 2022. The programme aimed to highlight the significance of preserving documentary heritage and what it means for diverse cultures and communities.
A publication entitled “What will the World Remember: UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in South Asia” was also launched on the occasion. The information booklet provides a glimpse of documentary heritages from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The e-launch was followed by a panel discussion to examine and deliberate on how the preservatory practices can play a role in shaping an inclusive society. Experts from Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka also shared the advance techniques used by their respective governments for preserving documentary heritage.
The discussions also highlighted the challenges institutions in the region encounter while implementing preservation activities. The speakers underlined the necessity of adopting new perspectives to generate awareness regarding documentary heritage in South Asia.
UNESCO marks the 30th anniversary of the MoW Programme under the global theme “Enlisting documentary heritage to promote inclusively, just, and peaceful societies”. The vision of the Memory of the World Programme is that the world’s documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved, and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance. UNESCO promotes dialogue and understanding between people and cultures for the preservation of and access to documentary heritage.
Download the publication here.