09.05.2019 - UNESCO Office in Doha

UNESCO launches survey to identify needs of documentary heritage institutions and collectors in the Arab region

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UNESCO has launched a survey addressed to all documentary heritage institutions and collectors in the Arab region to understand their needs and challenges in preserving and promoting documentary heritage.

The overall purpose of this initiative is to help UNESCO better understand the status of preservation of documentary heritage at the regional and national levels in order to formulate recommendations for conservation practitioners, memory institutions and governments. Results of the survey will also help UNESCO identify areas where additional support is needed and ensure its interventions in the field of capacity-building, technical support and advocacy are in line with regional needs and aspirations.

This survey is part of the regional project “Supporting documentary heritage preservation in the Arab region” is being undertaken as part of a larger strategy by UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme. An important outcome will be the provision of capacity-building training sessions and workshops for documentary heritage preservation practitioners based in countries in crisis, providing guidance on the preventive conservation of documentary heritage in emergency situations. The results of this survey are expected to be presented in October 2019.

The project aims to protect the Arab region’s history, identity, and knowledge through the preservation of documentary heritage, which currently runs the risk of being lost due to neglect, natural decay, outdated technology, inadequate housing, or deliberate destruction.

The manuscripts, books, maps, videos and archives of the Arab region are a contribution to the history of humanity, and it is therefore essential to protect and promote them to foster a dialogue between cultures.

Institutions or collectors interested in taking part in UNESCO's survey can express their interest through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SupportingDocumentaryHeritagePreservationQuickSurvey 

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