World document heritage

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The World Soundtrack Awards is a directory within the framework of the 1992 UNESCO established program Memory of the World ( MOW , English for Memory of the World ) "to preserve the documentary heritage of humanity." The purpose of this program is to ensure free access to important documents and to preserve the documentary heritage.


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The program is administered by the International Advisory Committee (IAC), whose 14 members are appointed by the Director General of UNESCO.

In 1997 the first documents were entered in the register. Valuable book holdings , manuscripts , scores , unique items , image , sound and film documents , "which represent the collective memory of people in different countries around the world" are to be recorded. The appointment is not a financial support, but should be understood as an award: As with the other World Heritage programs, the home states undertake to ensure the "preservation and availability" of the respective documentary heritage in the service of the international community.

The Memory of the World program was continued in 2003 with the Charter for the Preservation of Digital Cultural Heritage on the question of the long-term archiving of digitized documents and of exclusively digital materials.

Every two years, states can nominate up to two documents for a new entry in the list. The IAC then decides on their inclusion at its meetings. The list of the world document heritage currently comprises 427 documents (as of 2019) .


meeting year date Conference location
1 1993 September 12-14 Pułtusk / PolandPolandPoland 
2 1995 May 3-5 Paris / FranceFranceFrance 
3 1997 September 29th - October 1st Tashkent / UzbekistanUzbekistanUzbekistan 
4th 1999 September 4-5 London / United KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
5 2001 June 10-12 Vienna / AustriaAustriaAustria 
6th 2003 August 28-30 Gdansk / PolandPolandPoland 
7th 2005 June 13-18 Lijiang / People's Republic of ChinaChina People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 
8th 2007 June 11-15 Pretoria / South AfricaSouth AfricaSouth Africa 
9 2009 July 27th - 31st Bridgetown / BarbadosBarbadosBarbados 
10 2011 May 22-25 Manchester / United KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
11 2013 June 18-21 Gwangju / South KoreaKorea SouthSouth Korea 
12th 2015 October 4-6 Abu Dhabi / United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates 
13th 2017 October 24-27 Paris / FranceFranceFrance 


  • Natascha Albus et al .: The legacy of the world. The cultural and natural monuments of the world according to the convention of UNESCO. Large special chapter: The document heritage of UNESCO. Kunth, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-89944-902-0 .
  • Henning Aubel et al .: The memory of mankind. The document heritage of UNESCO. Kunth, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-89944-609-8 .
  • UNESCO: Safeguarding the Documentary Heritage of Humanity. 2010 ( PDF; 3.6 MB , English).

Web links

Commons : World Document Heritage  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Cf. The Memory of Mankind. The document heritage of UNESCO. Kunth-Verlag, Munich 2010, p. 5.
  2. The UNESCO program. Austrian Commission for UNESCO, accessed on July 1, 2019 .
  3. Charter for the Preservation of Digital Cultural Heritage. (PDF) German UNESCO Commission, accessed on July 1, 2019 .
  4. Document heritage . Retrieved March 17, 2017 .