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Jikji Prize ceremony to be held next week in Cheongju, Republic of Korea

The fifth ceremony of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize will take place on 12 September 2013 within the framework of the Cheongju International Craft Biennale. The Prize, consisting of an award of US$ 30,000, is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

The 2013 Prize will be awarded to ADABI (Apoyo al Desarrollo de Archivos y Bibliotecas), a Mexican non-profit civil association that actively supports the development of archives and libraries of Mexico whose documentary collections are endangered. The aims of ADABI are to preserve Mexico's knowledge and identity, by encouraging communities throughout the country to play an active role in conservation and preservation. In this way, all governmental and/or non-governmental archives are partners in establishing a collective memory.

The award and the operating costs of the Prize as well as all costs related to the award ceremony are funded by Cheongju City in the Republic of Korea in acknowledgement of the inscription of the "Buljo jikji simche yojeol", also called Jikji, on the Memory of the World International Register in 2001. The Jikji contains the essentials of Zen Buddhism and was printed in July 1377 in two volumes at the old Heungdeok-sa temple in Cheongju city, using movable metal type.

The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage that has been identified by its International Advisory Committee as being of world significance and has been endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO.

There are now 301 documentary items inscribed on the International Register.