Fiji and the UNESCO Memory of the World Program

One of the latest issues of News From Brisbane talks about the National Archives of Fiji (NAF) and its interesting involvement with UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program. Over the past few years NAF has successfully led a multi-country nomination that included countries, Guyana, Surinam, and Trinidad & Tobago, for the inscription of “Indian Indenture Records” on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. This achievement is significant because it demonstrates that a small island nation can make an unique impression in this important worldwide program. Indeed, NAF’s accomplishment will provide a source of encouragement for all small and underdeveloped archives.

Click here to read the entire article.

If you’re unfamiliar with UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program, then I highly recommend that you visit their homepage to learn more about it.

Basically, it is a program that was initiated in 1992 to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against a variety of fates such as neglect, destruction, looting and dispersal, illegal trading, and climatic conditions. The program calls for the preservation of valuable archival material worldwide for posterity.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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