Information Preservation

If technological advancement is what drives the future of education forward, then it is the preservation of historical documents and valuable information that forms the identity of individuals. The history of Viet Nam is rooted in documentary and audiovisual heritage, and UNESCO believes that the preservation and dissemination of these historical records are paramount to the sustainability of knowledge and culture.

UNESCO works with the Government of Viet Nam and institutions, promoting awareness to preserve information for future generations. Through the Memory of the World Programme, UNESCO aims to preserve, protect and provide universal access to documentary heritage.

Viet Nam finds great national significance in the preservation of historical documents, particularly as it enters a new period of rapid technological and economic growth. Today, Viet Nam boasts six World Documentary Heritages including the:

  1. Stone Stele Records of Royal Examinations of the Le and Mac Dynasties (1442-1779); and
  2. Woodblocks of Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) inscribed as World Documentary Heritage;

And four as World Documentary Heritage of the Asia-Pacific:

  1. Woodblocks of Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Bac Giang Province (1873 to 1935)
  2. Royal documents of Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945)
  3. Royal Literature on Hue Royal Architecture (1802-1945)
  4. Phuc Giang School Woodblocks (18th-20th Centuries)

In 2016, Viet Nam reaffirmed its commitment to the preservation of historical information as the 7th General Meeting of the Memory of the World Programme for Asia and the Pacific took place in Hue City.

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