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.
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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.