The Memory of the Nation hosts the Memory of the World

The Memory of the Nation hosts the Memory of the World

The Memory of the Nation hosts the Memory of the World
The UAE, represented by the National Archives, is the first Arab Country to host the UNESCO Memory of the World Program

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates hosts the 12th  meeting of the International Advisory Committee for the UNESCO Memory of the World program from 4 - 6 October , 2015. It is noteworthy that the UAE is the first Arab country to host this World program.

The importance of this meeting stems from the fact that participants include senior UNESCO experts comprising of archives heads, senior consultants and experts, as well as specialists in the archives and national libraries from China, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Finland, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Tunisia, Ghana, Senegal, and Nigeria. Furthermore, there are participants from the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The 12th meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World program acquires its significance from the important topics it discusses. It reviews the global progress achieved by the Memory of the World program, and the new documents that are nominated for entry on the MOW Register. The UNESCO announces the new inscriptions on MOW Register after the IAC meeting. However, during the Abu Dhabi meeting, the IAC will consider about ninety nominations coming from more than sixty countries according to the MOW selection criteria.
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Reyes, Director General of the National Archives said that the National Archives hosts this world program as per the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the National Archives.  This also comes in line with HH’s interest in preserving the world documentary heritage, and making it easily accessible. The National Archives believes that the hosting of the meeting in the United Arab Emirates emphasizes the UAE’s leading role in preserving human heritage and supporting cultural projects worldwide.
Dr. Al Reyes stressed that the outcome of the meeting will be in the interest of the world's documentary heritage, preservation of international historical documents that chronicle the important stages of human history from damage and loss considering the world's situation that makes it imperative for countries to save those documents in storage media that facilitate accessibility and circulation. He also said that hosting of the meetings of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World program confirms the leading role of the UAE National Archives, which extends bridges of strong relations to the international forums and organizations concerned with archiving and documentation.
H.E. Dr. El Reyes stated that the MOW International Register is interested in the global documentary heritage, which is part of the cultural heritage of mankind that belongs to all; therefore, it should be preserved, protected and made available to all. The National Archives' interest in the memory of the world program is consistent with its strategic objectives of preserving the memory of the nation through preserving and collecting documents relating to the history and heritage of both the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region.
The Director General of the National Archives also stated that the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates is constantly providing unlimited support for international projects, whether humanitarian or cultural. The National Archives by virtue of  its specialization and national duty to preserve the memory of the nation is determined to fully cooperate with the Memory of the World program, hoping to add a new dimension in terms of enriching and exchanging experiences in the field of collection and preservation of the memory of the nation and the world as well.
It should be noted that the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Program was established by the UNESCO in 1992, in order to help preserve and protect the most important historical documents, rare books, and archival collections that help preserve the world heritage against negligence or loss caused by disasters, wars, lack of security, or exposure to natural factors such as heat and humidity.