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54 new inscriptions on UNESCO Memory of the World Register

The Life and Works of Ernesto Che Guevara: from the original manuscripts of his adolescence and youth to the campaign Diary in Bolivia, presented by Bolivia and Cuba; the Pages of Testimony Collection, Yad Vashem Jerusalem, 1954-2004, presented by Israel; and Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines, presented by Myanmar, are among 54 new additions to the Memory of the World Register, approved today by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

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These new elements of documentary heritage were proposed by 40 countries and the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS). They were evaluated and recommended by the International Consultative Committee for the Memory of the World programme, meeting in Gwangju (Republic of Korea) from 18 to 21 June.

The items presented by Israel, Myanmar, Nepal are the first inscriptions on the register for these countries. The ITS item is also the first on the register for the Commission.

The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 299 documents and document collections from the five continents, safeguarded on various supports from stone to celluloid and parchment to sound recordings.

During its current session, the Committee also announced that this year’s  UNESCO/ Jikji Memory of the World Prize would be awarded to ADABI (Apoyo al Desarrollo de Archivos y Bibliotecas),  a Mexican non-profit association, in recognition of its innovative approach to conservation, digitization and accessibility of archives, as well as its education and training programmes. The association encourages communities to play an active role in safeguarding archives and sensitizing the public to the importance of documentary heritage.

The $30,000 Prize is awarded every two years to institutions or individuals having made a significant contribution to the conservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.


Media Contact: Lucía Iglesias Kuntz, UNESCO Press Service,  
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