Established in 1992, UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme seeks to preserve and promote the diversity of languages, peoples, and cultures throughout the world. It does so through the preservation of the tangible and documentary heritage of these peoples, including archival holdings and library collections. Part of UNESCO’s mission is to ensure that the irreplaceable memories of the world are not lost forever. The Memory of the World International Register lists documentary heritage which has been identified by the International Advisory Committee (IAC). The committee meets every two years to consider nominations by UNESCO’s Member States. At its June 2005 meeting in Lijiang (China), the IAC inscribed twenty-nine new collections to the World Register, bringing the total number of items to 120. These include, for the first time, collections from Albania (a 6th century codex), Azerbaijan (medieval manuscripts on medicine and pharmacy), and Lebanon (a three millennium-old Phoenician inscription), plus Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Namibia, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the US. The collections are to receive UN help in preservation.

Added by View user profileMary Arutyunyan on June 29, 2005