National Archives Sponsors the Memory of the World Meetings for the Second Day in Abu Dhabi

National Archives Sponsors the Memory of the World Meetings for the Second Day in Abu Dhabi

Elreyes Calls On Countries of the World to Preserve Historical Treasures in the Memory of the World

National Archives Sponsors the Memory of the World Meetings for the Second Day in Abu Dhabi


The UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee continued its meetings at St. Regis Abu Dhabi for the second consecutive day under the leadership of its newly elected Chairman, His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives. Senior UNESCO experts from the heads of the world archives and national libraries participated in the meetings to review global progress achieved by the Memory of the World program and to consider the new inscriptions of documents in the International Register of the Memory of the World.
During the meetings, the IAC will consider 90 surviving historical documents from 60 countries nominated for inscription in the program. The IAC will prepare reports and recommendations regarding the inscription of the most outstanding collections in the MOW register. Then these are submitted to the UNESCO Director-General to decide which are to be inscribed in the MOW Register.
In this regard, His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives and Chairman of the IAC of the Memory of the World Program, said that the world’s interest in historical documents pertaining to human heritage puts huge responsibilities on our shoulders. The era of globalization requires us to preserve human heritage and historical assets for humanity and to make them accessible easily for methodical benefit.
On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Elreyes invited all countries to submit their nominations for library and archival treasures to be part of the registered memory, thus emphasizing their global significance, saving them from damage and loss, and making them accessible as a common legacy, which constitutes a useful source of information to humanity.
It is noteworthy that members of the International Advisory Committee elected H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives, Chairman of the UNESCO Memory of the World for a 4-year term at the opening session of its 12th biennial meeting yesterday morning.
During the vote, the IAC members stated that H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes is the best candidate to oversee the preservation and protection of historical documents, rare books, and world archival collections, and that he is well-recognized because of his extensive experience in this field.
H.E. Dr. Elreyes expressed his happiness to be elected as the Chairman of the IAC of the Memory of the World within the context of the U.A.E.’s pioneering role of preserving human heritage and supporting cultural projects as well as the National Archives’ prestigious status worldwide