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The Memory of the World New Zealand Committee is pleased to congratulate The University of Auckland on the recent inscription of "The Western Pacific Archives" on the Asia Pacific Register.  See www.library.auckland.ac.nz.

Call for Inscriptions for 2014

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. Promotion and publicity that is part of the inscription process contributes to ensuring our nation’s history and stories are not forgotten.  Now is the time for our museums, archives and libraries to look into their holdings for the heritage documents that could meet the criteria for inscription.

August 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War One (1914-18). Over the next four years the focus for many of us will be on this highly significant period of time.  The Memory of the World Committee anticipates submissions for the register will include items of importance to New Zealand during that time.  We also look forward to receiving submissions on documentary heritage of importance to other periods of our history.

Submissions to the register will close on 31 August 2014 and 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.

Documentary heritage reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures. It is the mirror of the world and its memory. But this memory is fragile. Every day, irreplaceable parts of this memory disappear for ever

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.