18.10.2016 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

27 new proposals for the Regional Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean UNESCO Memory of the World (MOWLAC) Program will hold its annual meeting from the 24th - 26th October 2016. The meeting will take place in Mar de Plata, Argentina and will be co-hosted by the National University of Mar del Plata (UNMP).

The principal objective of this meeting is to evaluate and determine the 27 proposals sent to the committee this years. The proposals were sent in from 12 different countries from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. During the meeting regional experts will decide on which of the proposals should be included in Regional Register of Documentary Heritage for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since 2002, the regional committee included 125 regional documentary artefacts including documents related to politics, philosophy, literature, music and writings, in a number of formats such as graphics and audio-visual pieces, both regional and national. The Latin American and Caribbean register also includes pieces that manifest human rights, indigenous people and the documentation of slavery in the region.

Regional stakeholders who are working on the protection, the preservation and promotion of documentary heritage are increasingly recognizing the importance of the UNESCO memory of the world program and are committed to supporting the work of the Regional Committee. Most recently, countries including Argentina, Bolivia, the British Virgin Islands, Paraguay and St Maarten have created their own national committee’s.

President of MOWLAC, Ms Rita Tjien Fooh- Hardjomohamad, said “I am very satisfied with the recent advances, and the results reveal important achievements for MOWLAC and the institutions in the region in general. The awareness of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased as well as the preservation and protection of documentary heritage. Although, access to documentary heritage still remains a challenge in the region.” The MOWLAC President continued to say " through collaboration between heritage institutions, universities, experts throughout the region, and with the assistance of UNESCO, greater accessibility can be achieved. "

The National University of Mar del Plata of Argentina will be the host of an intense agenda which will include closed meetings to evaluate the proposals, as well as meetings with municipal, provincial and national authorities. Documentary heritage traces the evolution of thought, discoveries and achievements of human society. It is the legacy of the past, present and to the future world community.

Today, the documentary heritage of a number of nations are dispersed, due to accidental or deliberate mismanagement of archives, wars or other unfortunate historical circumstances. The Secretary of the Regional Committee and Communication and Information Adviser of UNESCO, Mr Guilherme Canela said, " actors dealing with Latin America and the Caribbean documentary heritage are increasingly recognizing the importance of the Memory of the World program and are committed to supporting the work of the Regional Committee ". The growing awareness of these risks have stressed the need for action and the fostering of relevant policies to in support of preserving documentary heritage.

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All accepted proposals will be announced in the first week of November.

  • See here the MOWLAC - Mar del Plata Program

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(*) 2016, Candidate Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Suriname




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