06.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Memory of the World Continues to Grow in Asia and the Pacific

The 8th Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) General Meeting

A record number of delegates in 27 countries in the Asia and the Pacific region participated in the 8th Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) General Meeting.

The biennial event which took place in Gwangju City, South Korea from 29 May to 1 June 2018 was organized by the MOWCAP Secretariat, Asia Culture Center with the support from UNESCO Offices in Bangkok and Jakarta.

Among the delegates were MOW National Committees from Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Yet, another sign that the MOW programme is growing in the region included the announcement during the meeting that Tuvalu has established its own National Committee just a week ago.

The highlight of the event was the successful inscription of ten new regional documentary heritage on the MOWCAP Register, bringing the total number of regional inscriptions to 56. Each official country delegate with voting rights was able to cast a vote in favour, against, or to abstain for each of the nominated documentary heritage.

On the last day of the general meeting, delegates voted for the new Bureau of MOWCAP. Mr. Kwibae Kim of the South Korean National Commission was elected Chairperson, with Ms. Thi Thu Puoung Chu (Vietnam), Ms. Dianne Macaskill (New Zealand), and Mr. Haga Mitsuru (Japan) as the Vice-Chairpersons. Mr. Andrew Henderson (Australia) was selected as the Secretary-General.  The new Bureau will serve MOWCAP for the next two years.

Over the four-day meeting, delegates also presented a report of the activities carried out by each of the national committee during the previous biennium and their plans for the coming biennium in 2018/2019. Delegates with nominations, brought reproductions of the documentary heritage as part of their presentation during the nomination process, making the meeting a lively and colourful event.

UNESCO supports capacity building in documentary heritage preservation in particular the within the Memory of the World programme for Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. Notably, through the Malaysian-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP), a series of training workshops were conducted in Timor-Leste.

MOWCAP is one of the three regional committees of the Memory of the World programme. The other two being the MOWLAC in Latin America and the ARCMOW in Africa. The nomination process mirrors that of the International Register but the documentary heritage has a decidedly regional focus and significance. Its membership consists of the various National Committees in the region and is headed by a Bureau that operates on a voluntary basis.

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