10.10.2012 - ODG

The Director-General participates in the celebration of the inscription of Germany’s 1990 Reunification Treaty on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register

© Photothek/Grabowsky - Handing over the certificate.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in the celebration of the inscription of the Two plus Four Treaty of 1990 on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, on 10 October, in Berlin, in the presence of Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister, Cornelia Pieper, State Minister at the Federal Foreign Office and Walter Hirche, President of the German Commission to UNESCO.

Former Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic Lothar de Maiziere and former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Hans-Dietrich Genscher also attended the celebration.

“The fall of the Berlin Wall was more than the end of a divided country; it symbolized a turning point for freedom, for the free flow of ideas”, said the Director-General, highlighting the imperative of preserving the world’s documentary heritage for the knowledge of future generations and to make it accessible to all through multimedia.

She commended the German Commission to UNESCO, and especially the German Memory of the World Committee, for their meticulous and outstanding work in preparing the inscription of the Two plus Four Treaty of 1990.

“The Memory of the world Programme offers an indispensable new opportunity to place digital heritage to the outreach of humanity into the social and political development of our world,” stated Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

The Minister further stressed that the preservation of the digital heritage well complements the preservation of the world's cultural heritage, emphasizing that it forms part of the cultural remembrance of humanity whose legacy has to be transmitted to future generations.

"The future needs the past and a culture of remembrance," concluded Walter Hirche, President of the German Commission to UNESCO.




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