Memory of the World

Comprehensive Review of the Memory of the World Programme

In 2015, the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme initiated a review of the MoW Programme. On 6 April 2018, the Chair of the IAC submitted to UNESCO, after approval by the IAC, three documents arising out of this IAC-led review. These documents were placed online prior to the 204th session of the Executive Board. It was made clear that they did not constitute the official documentation for that particular session. During the 204th session, the proposed draft action plan for the comprehensive review of the MoW Programme was presented, pursuant to Decision 202 EX/15. Subsequently, in its Decision 204 EX/8, the Executive Board invited the Director-General to submit to its 205th session an updated action plan, taking into account the discussions during the 204th session. The three IAC-led review documents, which will serve as the primary basis for the comprehensive review, can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

In responding to Member States’ request for greater participation in the comprehensive review process, the MoW Secretariat organized two information sessions on 9 July and 5 September 2018, where the updated action plan was presented and suggestions made for its improvement. The MoW Secretariat took onboard the suggestions made by Member States. Presentations made during the information meetings can be accessed below:

An additional request by Member States was for the Secretariat to make available the responses collected from Member States (through their National Commissions for UNESCO) and other stakeholders during the IAC-led review. Below follow two such compilations, for the information of Member States: