28.02.2012 - UNESCO

UNESCO launches Memory of the World evaluation survey

This year UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary. One of the main items on the celebration agenda is the experts’ meeting to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 8 to 10 May 2012. In order to determine the themes for the meeting to focus on, UNESCO is calling upon Memory of the World committees and other institutions involved in the Programme to fill out a questionnaire before 15 March 2012.

The current questionnaire has been designed in response to the resolution adopted by UNESCO Member States at the 36th session of the General Conference last year. This resolution requests the Director-General of UNESCO to initiate an overall evaluation of the Memory of the World, including an in-depth reflection on the modalities of strengthening the Programme and its impact to meet Member States expectations both at national and international levels. Strengthening the Programme is also one of the recommendations of the Warsaw Declaration, issued by the 4th International Conference on Memory of the World.

While a few surveys that have been organized recently focused on specific aspects of Memory of the World, the present questionnaire covers all levels of the Programme and explores the themes identified by Member States in their Resolution. The results of this questionnaire, together with the outcomes of the previous surveys and reflections, will be discussed and reviewed at the forthcoming meeting in Warsaw. The final recommendations will be submitted for approval to the UNESCO Executive Board at its 190th session in October 2012.

The questionnaire, which will take no more than 15 minutes to complete, is available in Word and Open Text formats.

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