23.02.2012 - UNESCO

Memory of the World celebrates its 20th anniversary

Memory of the World 20th anniversary logo - © UNESCO

In 2012 the Memory of the World Programme (MoW) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. UNESCO will be organizing activities throughout the year to raise awareness of this important milestone, starting with the formal launch on 1 April.

UNESCO invites its partners to mobilize support for, and awareness of, Memory of the World through a series of events and activities that could attract public attention and make everyone more knowledgeable about the importance of documentary heritage.

There are no limits, except imagination, to celebrating this anniversary. For its part, the MoW secretariat is planning a series of activities (please click here to see their description as well as suggestions for regional and national committees).

UNESCO partners involved in the Memory of the World Programme are also invited to share information on their activities, big or small, for posting on the MoW website. Getting local businesses, as well as the press and media to support celebration events, can highlight their importance and provide greater visibility to the work of the heritage institutions.

In this regard, UNESCO is organizing the exhibition in October, which will feature significant items from all countries and will be displayed on the fences around the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. UNESCO is, therefore, appealing to all institutions having items listed on one of the MoW registers to send high resolution images (minimum 600 dpi) and to complete the form granting non-exclusive rights.

A special MoW logo has been designed to be used in connection with commemorative activities. It can be provided upon request and in national languages, if necessary, for noncommercial purposes.

More information about the celebration activities will be provided throughout the year.

Information on the activities related to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Memory of the World Programme as well as images illustrating MoW collections should be sent to:




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