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Kick-off Meeting for the Memory of the World Malaysian Funds-in-Trust Project held in Kuala Lumpur

UNESCO and the Government of Malaysia have successfully held a stakeholder meeting for the project entitled ‘Safeguarding the Documentary Heritage of LDCs and SIDS in Southeast Asia through the UNESCO Memory of the World (MOW) Programme’.

Mr. Andrew Henderson, consultant for UNESCO, presents a copy of ‘Memory of the World Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific’ to Dr. Yasmeen Yasim, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of Malaysia.

The meeting took place on 20 September in Malaysia, and brought together representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the National Archives, the National Library, the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature, and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO to discuss cooperation in the implementation of the project.

The aim of the project is to support the safeguarding of the significant documentary heritage of Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the Memory of the World programme and the UNESCO Recommendation.

A series of national level training workshops will be held in Myanmar and Timor-Leste respectively over 2016 and 2017. It is expected that this will support in the development of the National MoW Committees in the respective countries and compliment ongoing efforts to safeguard and increase access to documentary heritage.

The project will also include an international symposium and workshop, to be held in Malaysia in 2017, which will result in the creation of a Southeast Asian/ASEAN ‘action plan’ for the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to Documentary Heritage, including in Digital Form (2015).

The Malaysia Funds-in-Trust (MFIT) is a partnership between the Government of Malaysia and UNESCO with an emphasis on benefitting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).