UNESCO Statement on Documentary Heritage and COVID-19

UNESCO’s Documentary Heritage Unit, Secretariat of the Memory of the World Programme has been working to clarify the conceptual and practical links between documentary heritage and pandemics. As such, they have now published a statement, co-signed by UNESCO and some of its key internal and external partners (including CCAAA). You can access this here:


Before It Is Too Late: Protecting and Preserving Arab Audiovisual Heritage

3 Nov 2019
Doha, Qatar

The United Nations has designated 27 October as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aimed at building global awareness of the urgency and importance of preserving audiovisual materials such as sound recordings and moving images. These are among the most vulnerable types of heritage materials, due to the use of rapidly deteriorating materials in the construction of carriers and the impending obsolescence of playback machines, particularly for materials recorded on magnetic tape. A great deal of effort and care is required in order to preserve the marvelous 20th-century accomplishments of


The Magnetic Tape Alert Project survey is nearly at an end!

IASA and UNESCO’s Information for All Programme is completing the first phase of our survey of magnetic tape collections around the world. If you or your organisation have not yet submitted a response to our short survey, there is still time!

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

27 Oct 2022

27 October has been proclaimed as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage by UNESCO’s General Conference to raise awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents and to draw attention to the urgent need to protect them.


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