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UNESCO's Memory of the World Register
Feb 20, 2015

The National Archives of India has signed a Letter of Intent with National Archives of Indonesia (ANRI) for joint nomination of the Archives of Asia Africa Conference (ACC) held in Bandung in 1955 for incorporation in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Register. 

  • UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. 

  • It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items 

  • The Asia Africa Conference of 1955 was a unique event in the history of post-war diplomacy and international relations. 

  • Its world significance was that the newly independent Asian and African countries found their voice for the first time in their post independent history. 

  • Their initiative, started in Bandung with the four initial sponsoring countries (Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Burma), gave birth six years (1961) later to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM.

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