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As an independent organisation, UNESCO raises public recognition of the value and significance of documentary heritage inscribed on the Memory of the World register, together with the work performed by libraries, archives and museums in caring for this valuable heritage. The organisation’s promotion and publicity contribute to ensuring our nation’s history and stories are not forgotten.

April 25 commemorates 100 years since New Zealand soldiers fought at Gallipoli during World War One (1914-18). The Memory of the World Committee anticipates receiving submissions for the inscription of items significant to New Zealand during that time of world conflict.  We also welcome submissions on documentary heritage relevant to other periods of our history.

Submissions to the register for 2015 closed on 31 August.  The successful inscriptions will be announced later in the year.

The criteria for inscription and the process for submission (including a nomination form) can be found under the “Nomination” tab above.  If you are uncertain whether your documentary heritage meets the criteria or have any questions please email enquiries@unescomow.org.nz and a member of the Committee will contact you.

The New Zealand Memory of the World Programme raises the profile of the importance of New Zealand's documentary heritage. It highlights the value of documentary heritage for understanding the New Zealand experience, and supports economic growth and transnational links.

Advantages of Inscription on the New Zealand/Aotearoa Memory of the World Register are:

  • Ensure that our history and our stories are not forgotten
  • Highlight the significance of the information /knowledge contained in collections
  • Recognition by an independent organisation (UNESCO)
  • Public recognition of the importance of documentary heritage
  • Publicity and promotion for your institution
  • Increased possibility of attracting resources (to care for, preserve and promote the collection)
  • Raised awareness of the work done by custodians of documentary heritage

The New Zealand Memory of the World Programme is grateful for the support of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.