UNESCO launches Report on Jordan’s Documentary Heritage

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On Wednesday, UNESCO launched a mapping report on Jordan’s Documentary Heritage. In partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the National Library, UNESCO presented the main findings of the mapping exercise, capturing the current status of film and photography heritage in Jordan and offering recommendations for the development of a preservation strategy.

In an effort to develop an effective strategy to preserve the valuable archive and library collections for future generations, the UNESCO Amman Office carried out a mapping of existing material in Jordan, with the aim to locate the source, quantity and state of each collection. This critical mapping will serve to harmonize the multiple national archive institutions collecting pieces of immense value and to pave the way forward, strengthening joint efforts and local ownership for the definition of a preservation strategy in Jordan.

Universal access to knowledge and the preservation of information, including documentary heritage, can be seen as a tool to empower citizens throughout the world. The right to free access of information is recognized as a principle human right and is aligned with UNESCO’s mission to promote the, “free flow of ideas by word and image”.

“Recordings, manuscripts and books hold the memory of every country and bear its identity,” remarked Ms. Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, during the launch event.

Dr. Mohammed Al Abadi, Director of the National Library stated further: “Preserving documents is part of a nation’s, a region, and the world’s memory. Jordan seeks to modernize needs to keep pace with international development”.

The report was developed by Dr. Myriam Ababsa, a UNESCO consultant, and is available in English and Arabic. The launch of the report was followed by a technical workshop of stakeholders to jointly define conservational needs.