03.11.2004 -

Slave Trade Archives on Agenda of UNESCO Meeting in Cuba

Archivists from 11 countries will meet this month in Cuba to discuss new perspectives for the consolidation and extension of UNESCO's Slave Trade Archives Project, an initiative to safeguard the documents related to slave trade and slavery within the framework UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.

The meeting, that is jointly organized by UNESCO and the National Archives of Cuba from 22 to 24 November 2004 in La Havana, aims to harmonize the strategies of each country in order to create a synergy of the Slave Trade Archives Project. "We hope that we are able to improve national participation in the projects and its geographical coverage" says project manager Abdelaziz Abid. A comprehensive project evaluation study will be conducted in parallel with the meeting.


The meeting will gather representatives from the national archives of the participating countries. Participants will each present a progress report of their respective national slave trade archives programmes. The countries include Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana and Senegal in Africa, as well as Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Haiti in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Marking 2004 as the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition this meeting provides an opportunity to renew the Organization's commitment to make universally known the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, its causes and dramatic results, by means of scientific work.

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