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UNESCO Memory of the World Exhibition and Publication Launch at Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC)


The "Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific" exhibition aims to share the diverse and rich documentary heritage held in archives, museums and libraries from across the Asia-Pacific region, while drawing attention to the overall objectives of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

Memory of the World is a global cooperation programme established by UNESCO in 1992 aimed at safeguarding, protecting and facilitating access to and the use of documentary heritage of world significance, especially heritage that is rare and endangered.

A special event will be held on 17 January to celebrate the exhibition and officially launch the illustrated book, Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific. (Available here)

The "Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific” exhibition will run from 17-29 January at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) before moving on 30 January to the UNESCO Bangkok Office. 

WHAT: The exhibition will feature dozens of images and material drawn from the new publication, “Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific”, jointly published by UNESCO and CLOUD Publication in 2016. The exhibition, presented in Thai and English, will provide a detailed explanation of the Memory of the World programme, threats to documentary heritage in the region and how MOW addresses these challenges and examples of items registered on the Asia-Pacific register.

WHEN: 17-29 January, 2017

Special event: 17 January, 3pm (RSVP only - please see contact information below)

14.30 – 15.00      Registration    

15.00 -  15.30 Opening remarks by Misako Ito, Head of the Communication and Information Unit, UNESCO Bangkok,

Keynote address: 
Dr. M R Rujaya Abhakorn, UNESCO Memory of the World Asia and Pacific (MOWCAP) Goodwill Ambassador 

15.30 – 17.00 Reception with light refreshments and free viewing of the Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific

WHERE: Bangkok Art and Culture Center (Map)

Note: From 30 January onward, the exhibition will be on display at the UNESCO Bangkok Office.

CONTACT: For more information on the exhibition, please contact Kyung Pyoe Kim, Communication and Information Unit, UNESCO Bangkok,

For media queries, please contact, UNESCO Bangkok Media and Communications Officer, Noel Boivin,


UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova’s foreword to the new “Memory of the World: Documentary Heritage in Asia and the Pacific” publication

The Asia-Pacific region is home to immense cultural, linguistic, economic and political diversity. From Iran in the west to the Pacific Island nations in the south-east, this region has always been a cradle of human civilization, at the forefront of human ingenuity and innovation. Just as cultures vary greatly, so does the documentary heritage of the region. Taking myriad forms – from manuscripts and photographs to film and many other media – this heritage reflects the wealth and fragility of cultures large and small, past and present. Opening a window onto the past, this heritage carries values and knowledge that are essential for understanding the present and shaping a better future for all. This is why it must be preserved.

Compiled by the Memory of the World Regional Committee for Asia-Pacific, this book reveals a documentary heritage of unique richness. This includes moments of historic change – from the invention of moveable metal type, the compilation of the medical knowledge of antiquity and the invention of the modern feature film to the achievement of universal suffrage for women. It captures also multiple waves of immigration, embodied in the records of indentured labourers in the Pacific and the convicts transported to Australia. At the heart of all of this stands the struggle for human rights and dignity for all peoples, from history's darkest chapters, like the atrocities of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, to such victories as Korea's democratic uprising in 1980.

Safeguarding this heritage requires will and commitment. It means addressing the complexity of repatriating documents from former colonizing powers. It calls for providing adequate support to archives, libraries and museums, and for building capacity and skills across the broad. It requires preservation against the challenges of time and climate.

UNESCO supports States in pursuing these goals, working through the Memory of the World Programme to advance the preservation of humanity's documentary heritage and universal access to it, and to raise global awareness of this work. Maintaining international, regional and national registers of significant documents is important at every level, and this book showcases samples of inscriptions from both the international and Asia-Pacific regional registers.

Too much of humanity's documentary heritage is lost in the twists and turns of history; too much lies hidden also in libraries, museums and archives. These treasures embody the importance of memory for human identity, for collective knowledge, and for cultural diversity. Capturing and sharing this wealth is one of UNESCO's core goals, and it has perhaps never been so important.”

แผนงานความทรงจำแห่งโลกเป็นยุทธศาสตร์ความร่วมมือระหว่างประเทศ ริเริ่มโดยองค์การการศึกษา วิทยาศาสตร์ และวัฒนธรรมแห่งสหประชาชาติ (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – UNESCO) เมื่อปีพ.ศ.2535 มีเป้าหมายที่จะพิทักษ์รักษา ป้องกัน และช่วยเหลือในการเข้าถึงและการใช้งานมรดกทางเอกสารที่หายากและอยู่ในภาวะอันตราย

สนใจเข้าชมนิทรรศการ ‘ความทรงจำแห่งโลก มรดกทางเอกสาร สำหรับเอเชีย-แปซิฟิก’ ได้ระหว่างวันที่ 17-29 มกราคม 2560

สถานที่ : หอศิลปวัฒนธรรมแห่งกรุงเทพมหานคร (BACC) ชั้น 3