The following is information on the recent workshop held in Fiji. The original text from UNESCO in Apia can be found here
Asia Pacific Region Trained to Increase Visibility on Memory of the World Register
In Suva on 26th – 29th September 2016 UNESCO in partnership with Korean National Commission for UNESCO, National Archives of Fiji and Fiji National Commission for UNESCO conducted a capacity building training in identifying assessing and nominating item(s) of historical value and world significance to be inscripted on MOW Register.
To increase documentary heritage inscription on the Memory of the World International, Regional and National Registers by countries of the Asia Pacific region is the main goal of the 6th Workshop on the Memory of the World for the Asia-Pacific region, held in Suva, Fiji.
The workshop is an opportunity for the member states to improve their capacities in identifying, assessing and nominating an item of historical value and world significance to be inscripted on the Memory of the World Register(s).
The MOW Register(s), is a powerful tool to boost awareness on the existence and significance of documentary heritage. The Registers is the visible element of the Memory of the World, a programme initiated by the UNESCO since 1992 with a vision to protect the documentary heritage or memories and ensure that everyone access these memories as it belongs to everyone.
It is the significance of the Registers that has committed the Government of the Republic of Korea, UNESCO and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO to organise regional training workshops to enhance the capacity of member states to identify documentary heritage with enduring value and global significance, be able to nominate it to be recognized and inscripted on the MOW Registers.
The 6th workshop brought together 40 participants representing 10 countries of the Asia Pacific region and over three days they will learn and gain knowledge from international experts of the Memory of the World Programme.
In his remarks to officially celebrate the beginning of this important workshop Permanent Secretary for Fiji’s Education, Heritage and Arts ministry, Honourable Iowane Tiko encouraged the participants to embrace the opportunity with the experts, gain as much knowledge on the best ways to preserve our documentary memories, most importantly to keep our heritage alive and colorful.
Mr Kwibae Kim, Director of the Culture, Communication and Information Sector of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO echoed the encouragement from Hon. Iowane Tiko and reassured the participants that this workshop is particularly important as it is designed to help them understand the intricacies of the nomination form for the international register, better present the value, and significance of your documentary heritage, and share their experiences with other participants.
The overall goal.
The Workshop that began on the 26th of September and concluded on the 29th was also supported by the National Archives of Fiji, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Pacific States in Apia and the Fiji National Commission for UNESCO.