From the 7-8 June 2017 UNESCO and the Asian Film Archive cooperated to hold a two-day workshop that explored how UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme (Memory of the World Asia Pacific “MOWCAP”) can help protect and preserve Southeast Asia’s precious audiovisual heritage. Twelve participants from ten Southeast Asian countries attended the workshop which aimed at helping in the identification of potential audiovisual heritage for nomination and assistance in the inscription process. The workshop was generously supported by the National Library Board, Singapore.
A five-point UNESCO-ASEAN Member States Action Plan emerged from the ASEAN-UNESCO+3 Consultation on the UNESCO Recommendation on Documentary Heritage (09-11 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur).
The Action Plan identifies concrete actions that can be taken in the areas of documentary heritage identification, preservation and access, as well as policy measures to support efforts in these areas and opportunities for international cooperation. The Action Plan was adopted by delegates from 10 ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste.
Action Plan: http://bit.ly/2rlekp1
ASEAN Member States, museums, archives and libraries will use the Action Plan to guide the implementation of UNESCO’s Recommendation at the national level. The Action Plan will also help the ASEAN Secretariat, UNESCO, and the Memory of the World Committee for the Asia Pacific develop policies, trainings and projects to address challenges identified by member states. [Read more…]
The symposium is the first global event of its kind. It starts on 8 May with the aim of developing an action plan, for Southeast Asian countries, for the implementation of the landmark UNESCO Recommendation on documentary heritage.
All sessions of the symposium will be streamed live on UNESCO Bangkok’s Facebook page (www.Facebook/UNESCOBKK). Detailed information about the symposium, including the agenda is available here.
An exhibition, Memory of the World in Canberra, on display at Canberra Museum and Gallery from 12 November 2016 to 19 March 2017, has come to a successful conclusion.
Memory of the World in Canberra showcased the documents inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register held in Canberra institutions, including two items that are also on the Memory of the World International Register – Captain James Cook’s Endeavour Journal and the Mabo Case Manuscripts – and two that are on the MOWCAP Register, the FE Williams Collection of photos of Papua and the Landmark Constitutional Documents of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The Australian Register book is now available in e-book form on the Australian Memory of the World website and on iTunes. Click here to access a copy.
More information on the exhibition is available here.
An invitation to the opening of a Memory of the World exhibition on documentary heritage in Asia and the Pacific. The opening is on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 5.00 p.m. at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 3rd floor BTS: National Stadium.
The “Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific” exhibition will run from 18-30 October at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and is free and open to the public. The occasion will also mark the launch of the beautifully illustrated book, Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific. (Available for purchase here)
WHAT: The exhibition will feature dozens of images and material drawn from the new publication, “Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific”, jointly published by UNESCO and CLOUD Publication in 2016. The exhibition, presented in Thai and English, will provide a detailed explanation of the Memory of the World programme, threats to documentary heritage in the region and how MOW addresses these challenges and examples of items registered on the Asia-Pacific register.
WHEN: 18 October, 2016
• 17.00-17.30: Registration
• 17.30-17.45: Opening remarks by Dr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok
• 17.45-18.00: Keynote address by Dr M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn, UNESCO Memory of the World Asia and Pacific (MOWCAP) Goodwill Patron
• 18.00-20.00 Reception and free viewing of the Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific
CONTACT: To RSVP, please contact Kyung Pyoe Kim, Communication and Information Unit, UNESCO Bangkok, email@example.com
For media queries, please contact, UNESCO Bangkok Media and Communications Officer, Noel Boivin,firstname.lastname@example.org
7 September 2016 was a very important day for MOWCAP with the opening ceremony for the MOWCAP Centre in Gwangju, Republic of Korea.
The MOWCAP Centre was established through an agreement signed between the MOWCAP Chair and the Asia Culture Centre in December 2015. The MOWCAP Centre will be an information and documentation centre for the Memory of the World programme in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Culture Centre will also provide dedicated staff and resources to support its successful operation.
Speakers at the opening ceremony were Dr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of the UNESCO Bangkok Regional Office for Education, Mr. Li Minghua, Chairperson of MOWCAP and Mr. Bang Sun-gyu, President of the Asia Culture Centre.
The opening ceremony was followed by a half-day public seminar on the role and work of the Centre.
More information about this important event is available here
The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee held its annual Planning Day on Wednesday 20 July in the National Library of Australia in Canberra. The meeting included a report on the MOWCAP meeting in Hue, and reports by Dr Ray Edmondson on the Memory of the World Recommendation and the Review of the General Guidelines and Companion.
The meeting was also attended by Mr Clementino Pinto Amaral, from the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO, who came to observe the Australian Committee’s operations, and to discuss further collaborative projects between the Australian Committee and the soon-to-be established Timor-Leste National Committee. Mr Amaral also visited a number of national cultural institutions in Canberra, including the National Film and Sound Archive, National Archives of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, Australian War Memorial and the Australian Parliament.
The photo shows the Australian Memory of the World Committee meeting at the National Library of Australia on 20 July 2016.
A new MOWCAP publication “Memory of the World Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific” is now available. This beautifully presented book covers the documentary heritage from the region that was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register and/or the Asia Pacific register from 1997 to 2012.
A good book to buy as a gift for those who are interested in the history of the Asia Pacific region.
The book is available from the following sites www.book4us.com and www.superbookcity.com.
The Review of the Memory of the World Programme is now online. Ideas for improving the Programme can be shared and discussed on the review website. Comments must be provided by 30 September 2016. Note that this is a later date than on some of the review documents.
The MOWCAP community is strongly encouraged to contribute to the review.
Here is an overview of UNESCO Memory of the World projects in Asia and the Pacific as at May 2016. This presentation was given by Misako Ito, UNESCO Regional Advisor, at the 7th MOWCAP General Meeting in Hue, Vietnam.