09.01.2013 - Communication & Information Sector

Call for nominations: UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize

Characters of Jikji metal types - © Bibliothèque nationale de France

UNESCO is inviting nominations for the fifth award of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. This invitation is extended to all Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official relations with UNESCO and whose work is in the field of preservation and conservation of documentary heritage.

Referring to the information provided in the Guidelines for Nominators and Adjudicators, each nomination must place emphasis on the following:

  • the impact of the candidate's contribution to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage, through activities piloted and developed, innovations, leadership, publications, etc.;
  • any unusual difficulties which the candidate has had to overcome in undertaking preservation and access work in the area of documentary heritage.

The Prize was created to commemorate the inscription of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol - the oldest known book of moveable metal print in the world - on the Memory of the World Register, and to contribute to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage as a common heritage of humanity. It is funded by the Republic of Korea through arrangements made with the Municipal Council of Cheongju City and consists of an award of US $30,000 that is given every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Nominations should be submitted by completing the nomination form and sending it, no later than 28 February 2013, to:

Ms Joie Springer, Senior Programme Specialist, Universal Access and Preservation Section, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15
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E-mail: j.springer(at)unesco.org

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