31.10.2017 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

Sixteen new additions to the Regional Register of the Memory of the World Programme of UNESCO

Lienzo Quauhquechollan

As a result of its eighteenth annual meeting, the Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Memory of the World Programme of UNESCO (MOWLAC) announces 16 new additions to the Regional Registry of the Memory of the World Programme from 12 countries.

From October 25 to 27, the 18th Annual Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme (MOWLAC) was held in Curaçao. During the meeting, the specialists of the MOWLAC Regional Committee evaluated a total of 21 proposals from 14 States. Convened jointly by UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Curaçao, with the coordination of the National Commission of cooperation with UNESCO of that country, the activity selected the number of proposals submitted for incorporation. As a result, in 2017, the MOWLAC Secretariat announces the incorporation of 16 new documents of different formats.

MOWLAC has as main objective the promotion and protection of documentary heritage as a central element of our collective memory. For UNESCO (as expressed by its General Conference of Member States in its recommendation approved on November 4, 2015) documentary heritage, in all its forms, through time and space, is a primordial means of knowledge, creation and expression of societies and has repercussions in all areas of human civilization and their future evolution. The preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage are at the basis of the human rights of freedom of opinion, expression and information.

Within the framework of the proposals that were incorporated, the candidacy presented by three states together, Curaçao, St. Maarten and Suriname stands out. The documentary heritage on the enslaved in the Dutch Caribbean and its descendants (1830-1969) was incorporated for its scope and validity in the active construction of regional peace.

With regard to education, the importance of the "The National Literacy Campaign, its international legacy: the Venceremos newsletter, the Alfabeticemos handbook and the letters to Fidel" are also highlighted. Likewise, the incorporation of the "Lienzo Quauhquechollan", a historical-cartographic document dating from the 16th century, and the "Lima Foundation Act", a historical document from Peru dated January 18, 1535 are also pointed out.

The Programme emphazises as well the importance of documents of art representing an important creation, musical and artistic expressions in different ways that reflect the development of society at a certain time in the past. In this context, the new documents incorporated into the MOWLAC Programmeme initiative include the "Francisco Curt Lange Collection" with musical documents from the Museum of the Inconfidência of Brazil, "Le Fonds center d'Art: 1944-2010" of Haiti and the " Film testimonial collections of the Mexican Revolution ", from Mexico.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Regional Memory of the World Programme Registry has gone from having 7 registrations in 2002 to a total of 162 registrations in 2017. For Guilherme Canela, Secretary of the Regional Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme "In its meeting in 2017, once again the Committee was pleased for receiving a plurality of applications in terms of the number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with respect to the themes and formats of the collections presented, these constitute a framework for the collective memory of the region."

We thank all the applications and welcome to the Programme the documental heritage of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cuaração, St. Maarten, Suriname, Haiti, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

New MOWLAC authorities take office

The XVII Meeting was also the occasion for a change of authorities in the Committee, which is composed of nine members selected in accordance to their personal merits and their specific experiences in the field of library and the preservation of archives.

While congratulating and thanking the outgoing members of the Executive Council: Rita Tjien Fooh-Hardjomohamad (Suriname-President), Carlos Augusto Silva Ditadi (Brazil- Vice President), Alfonso Blijden (St.Maarten- Vice President) and Alfredo Boccia (Paraguay- Rapporteur), the new members were welcomed for the period 2018-2019: Luis Oporto (Bolivia- President), Yolia Tortolero (Mexico) and Richenel Anzano (Curaçao), both Vice-Presidents, and Sandra Moresco (Argentina), Rapporteur.

Each of them, together with the rest of the members of the Committee, will be responsible for promoting the objectives of the MOW Programme and the creation of national committees in other countries in the region, in accordance with the division of labor agreed upon by MOWLAC, among others.

Annually, the Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Memory of the World Programme of UNESCO (MOWLAC) gives the opportunity to institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean to highligth their collections through their registration in the Registry.

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