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International Register of UNESCO Memory of the World programme

In the framework of UNESCO Memory of the World programme the International Register was established in 1995 in order to promote preservation, protection, varied investigation and valuation of worlds’ documentary heritage. Important documentary evidences for the whole world are inscribed in this Register. Since 1997 in International Memory of the World Register are included 193 evidences of documentary heritage from all over the world, for example, the negative of the movie “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang (1927), Qing Dynasty Yangshi Lei Archives (dated from beginning of the 18th century till the beginning of the 20th century, China), collection of Russian posters (the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century), the Phoenician Alphabet in Lebanon etc.

In 2001 on International Memory of the World Register was inscribed „Dainu skapis – the Cabinet of Folksongs”, pointing out its unique content and linkage with still existing intangible culture heritage traditions in Latvia.  The inscription of documentary heritage in International Memory of the World Register means not only the high value and international recognition of respective heritage, but also the responsibility of heritage keeper-state to preserve the heritage and to make it accessible. In 2006 the virtual version of „Dainu skapis” was established (http://www.dainuskapis.lv/), and it makes this heritage easy accessible all around the world.

In 2009 the Baltic States joint nomination „The Baltic Way – Human Chain Linking Three States in Their Drive for Freedom” was incorporated on International Memory of the World Register based on international expert commission resolution. For the better accessibility of this heritage the international web page was established (http://www.balticway.net/), as well as informative materials in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, English, French and Russian were been published.

To find out more about International Memory of the World Register, please, see UNESCO homepage http://www.unesco.org/ chapter “Communication and Information”/ “Memory of the World”.