13.06.2007 -

Third International Memory of the World Conference

"Communities and memories: a global perspective" is the theme of the Conference to take place in Australia next year.

In association with the Australian Memory of the World Committee and under the auspices of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Library of Australia will organize the Third International Memory of the World Conference from 19 to 22 February 2008 in Canberra, Australia.


The key objectives of the conference are to celebrate the achievements of the Memory of the World Programme, to identify its shortcomings and to propose potential improvements. Five major themes have been identified for discussion:

  • Memory of the World in the UNESCO framework: examining its relationship to other relevant UNESCO activities;
  • Unravelling the Registers: how effectively international, national and regional registers fulfil the aims of the Programme;
  • Preservation and access: taking a fresh look at technical and practical issues;
  • Sustaining the Programme: ideas, strategies and experiences helping Memory of the World to grow;
  • Evaluating success: identifying gaps, inconsistencies and inequities in the programme and proposing solutions.

Eminent invited speakers will deliver keynote papers opening up these topics for an in-depth examination by the Conference participants in the discussion sessions. The final day will be dedicated to workshops examining other issues such as determining significance, submitting nominations and establishing and developing national committees.


The Conference will also involve representatives from the Intangible Cultural Heritage sector and will be preceded by a meeting of the Regional Memory of the World Committee for the Asia-Pacific Region (MOWCAP) on 17 and 18 February. Full details will be made available at <a target=_blank href="http://www.amw.org.au">www.amw.org.au</a>.


The Memory of the World Programme was established by UNESCO in 1992 to protect and promote the documentary heritage in all its forms by raising awareness of the problems associated with its preservation and ensuring access.

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