Paris, 9 October – Following a three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 6 October 2015, the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme has inscribed 47 new nominations on the Memory of the World International Register.
Under the Chairmanship of Dr. Abdulla M. El-Reyes, Director-General of the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, and composed of 14 eminent experts, the Committee examined and approved new items of documentary heritage proposed by 40 countries, as well as the Association for Recorded Sound Collections at its 12th meeting.
The Meeting of the International Advisory Committee followed a two-year process as part of the 2014-2015 nomination cycle which saw, in its first phase, the examination of 88 submissions from 61 countries.
The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 348 documents and document collections, coming from all continents and safeguarded on various materials from stone to celluloid and parchment to sound recordings.
In conformity with the Statutes of the International Advisory Committee, the Committee has decided on this new cycle of inscriptions to the Memory of the World Register and has informed the Director-General of the result of its deliberations.
While endorsing the inscriptions, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova stated, "It is my deep and firm conviction that the Memory of the World Programme should be guided in its work to preserve documentary heritage and memory for the benefit of present and future generations in the spirit of international cooperation and mutual understanding, building peace in the minds of women and men."
The complete list is available online.