Celebration of the International Day of Archives in Gabon
UNESCO supports the Directorate General of the National Archives, the National Library and Gabonese Documentation (DGABD) to celebrate International Archives Day in Gabon on 9 June 2017 under the theme "Current state of archives in Gabon".
The International Archives Day was established in 2008 by the International Congress of Archives (ICA) and UNESCO. It was born of the wishes of the participants of the International Congress of the Archives of 2004 in Vienna in Austria to, among other things, raise awareness among the public and decision-makers of the importance of archiving documents and preserving a memory of our creations .
This celebration is in line with UNESCO's Memory of the World Program, which aims, among other things, to raise awareness of the importance, richness and fragility of the documentary heritage, including in digital form, of the international community.
Archives as a documentary product of human activity are irreplaceable testimonies of past events and represent a wealth and an unparalleled source of knowledge. They guarantee the democratic functioning of societies, the identity of individuals and communities and the defense of human rights. The celebration of Libreville has several objectives: to present the real state of the archives in our country; Advocate to decision-makers for a better commitment and concrete actions to reduce the risk of loss of archives and the improvement of their conservation; And, finally, to promote the professions related to the management of documentary information.
In order to achieve these objectives, a series of activities will be organized: thematic presentations; Presentations on the history of archives in Gabon; Reflections on the policy for the documentary heritage in Gabon, archiving practices in the Gabonese administration and, finally, the challenges related to the archiving of digital and audiovisual resources.