About the partnership UNESCO/NHK

Through the Heritage Images Archives Initiative, NHK and UNESCO are contributing to the documenting and safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and of natural heritage, in order to ensure transmission of knowledge between generations and promote cultural diversity.

The videos are part of the NHK World Heritage 100 Series, available for watching here:


UNESCO & NHK Heritage Images Archives Initiative
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This initiative echoes the vision of UNESCO´s Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura: "The preservation of the world's Heritage must mean contributing to the protection of cultural diversity in all its forms. Cultural Heritage is an open notion evoking the universal nature of human creativity. It encompasses not only magnificent temples but also living culture".

A data-base system allow such images to be utilized for various projects, such as DVD and other audio-visual package operations, public exhibitions, new types of exhibition using virtual reality systems, and production of quality replicas for exhibition and academic uses.

These documentaries are expected to cover all World Heritage sites, as well as all cultural expressions and spaces protected by the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

To ensure the scientific accuracy of the project, an advisory committee has been established and is chaired by ’UNESCOs Goodwill Ambassador Professor Ikuo Hirayama.