On 23 October 2013 the Director of UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Sequeira, will hand over to the Minister of Culture, Diana Álvarez Calderón, the Memory of the World (MoW) International Register certificates that accredit the Travelling Registry of the Conquistadors and the General Archive of the Nation as masterpieces of world documentary heritage.
The two following collections were recommended for the inscription on the Memory of the World Register in 2013:
- Protocolo Ambulante de los Conquistadores (Travelling Registry of the Conquistadors) also known as the Libro Becerro, found in the depository of the Archivo General de la Nación (General Archive of the Nation), and
- Primeras Ediciones Peruanas y Sudamericanas (Peruvian and South American First Editions) (1584-1619), better known as the Incunables Peruanos (Peruvian Incunables), safeguarded by the Biblioteca Nacional del Perú (National Library of Peru).
The MoW certificates will be handed over during a ceremony, which will be held in the Congress in the framework of the 14th Meeting of the Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme (Lima, 23-25 October 2013). Seventeen international experts on archiving, protecting, promoting and safeguarding documentary heritage collections will join the meeting to assess progress achieved by the Regional Committee since its last meeting and to evaluate submissions for the inscription on the Memory of the World Regional Register.
During the three-day meeting, two parallel events will take place: the conference on National Document Preservation Policies and the forum on Documentary and Bibliographic Heritage Preservation. Both events have been organized by the Peruvian Memory of the World Committee, a specialized division of the Peruvian National Commission of Cooperation with UNESCO.
Among the experts who will attend the three events will be: Vitor Manoel Marques da Fonseca, Professor in the Department of Information Sciences at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Fluminense Federal University), President of the MoW Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, and member of the MoW International Advisory Committee; Rosa María Fernández de Zamora, scholar from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico), member of the MoW Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Lourdes Blanco de Arroyo, independent library and archive curator and rapporteur of the MoW Register Sub-Committee.
The Memory of the World Programme was created by UNESCO in 1992 to facilitate the preservation of world documentary heritage using the most appropriate techniques, to ensure universal access to it, and to generate greater awareness about its existence and importance. Significant collections worldwide have suffered a variety of fates. Every day irreplaceable parts of the world documentary heritage disappear forever. The MoW Programme promotes its work through the registers which are maintained at the international, regional and national levels.