Unesco’s Memory of the World presentation to document heritage

By Ishan Ibrahim, BB 26 Jan 2011

The regional authority on the documentary heritage that heralds the lives, discoveries and achievements of the people made a significant presentation yesterday at the National Archives.

Dr M R Rujaya Abhakorn, ‘Goodwill Patron’ of the “Memory of the World” Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP), delivered the presentation.

The Director for Brunei Museums Awg Bantong Antaran hosted the presentation.

Participants from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Language and Literature Bureau, History Centre and Universiti Brunei Darussalam heard topics discussed that primarily comprised the duties and activities of MOWCAP and on the Memory Of the World (MOW) programme, as well as how Brunei Darussalam can form a MOW committee at the national level.

MOW is a strategic international programme under the auspices of Unesco that is responsible for the protection, preservation and recorded documentation on the documentary heritage of humanity, especially heritage that is rare and endangered.

MOW acts as a safeguard against collective amnesia, human neglect and the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and wilful as well as deliberate destruction by individuals or groups of people.

Unesco launched the programme in 1992 and stressed on the preservation of invaluable archive holdings and library collections all over the world and ensuring their wide dissemination.

The MOW programme also campaigns to raise awareness of the documentary heritage, to alert governments, the general public, business and commerce to preservation needs, and to raise funds.

The documentary heritage, which can be a single document, a collection, a holding or an archival documentation can be deemed to be of such significance as to transcend the boundaries of time and culture. This recorded memory reflects the diversity of languages, people, and cultures of people in societies. The memory can again exist in various forms – sound recordings, film, videotape, newsprint, photographs, or computer-based documents and others.

Unesco is the world authoritative agency responsible for the protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage