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Protecting Cultural Property - The Hague Convention and its two Protocols

Last week IFLA attended the International Conference on the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention hosted by UNESCO in Geneva, Switzerland. The Conference brought together States representatives, experts, academics and civil society representatives to share achievements and challenges facing the implementation of the Protocol and in protecting cultural heritage against the threats by conflict or disaster.

8 Mai 2019 | Cultural heritage, PAC, Preservation and Conservation, UNESCO, culture heritage, Disaster risk

Libraries and Cultural Diversity: Preserving Heritage, Promoting Dialogue

IFLA has submitted comments to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the subject of cultural diversity and human rights. With a responsibility to preserve the heritage of all of our communities, to facilitate access to information, and as defenders of free speech, libraries have much to contribute.

27 Avril 2019 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Cultural heritage, Cultural Diversity, OHCHR, Multicultural Populations

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Becomes World Book Capital

The title of World Book Capital has passed from Athens, Greece, to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary-General Gerald Leitner are representing libraries at the event.

23 Avril 2019 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Access to information, United Arab Emirates, UNESCO World Book Capital, Literacy and reading

Tragedy of Notre Dame Underlines the Need to Focus on Prevention and Preservation

The events of 15 April at the Cathedral of Notre Dame have shaken many, not just in Paris but around the world. For those who work in the heritage field, it is particularly heart-breaking. It is also a reminder of the importance of preservation and prevention.

17 Avril 2019 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Cultural heritage, Disaster management, Preservation, France

UN report: 10th anniversary of the mandate in cultural rights

To mark the 10th anniversary of the mandate on cultural rights and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights has written a report to give an overview of the work of her mandate including suggestions for strategies for advancing cultural rights during the next decade.

6 Mars 2019 | Cultural heritage, UNESCO, cultural rights, Preservation and Conservation, PAC

International Mother Language Day

Preserving and celebrating languages is a core part of wider efforts to safeguard and develop our tangible and intangible heritage. On 21 February we celebrate International Mother Language Day, a celebration of all the languages around the world.

21 Février 2019 | Cultural heritage, International Mother Language Day, indigenous, minority, Cultural heritage, Language, UNESCO

Listen, Hear Our Voices: Preserving and Valuing Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Preserving and celebrating culture can be key to efforts to promote cohesion and cooperation in diverse societies. This is no truer than in the case of indigenous communities, who have historically been isolated or persecuted, but now, rightfully, demand equality.

28 Janvier 2019 | Indigenous Matters, Cultural heritage, Digital preservation, Indigenous People, Canada, International Year of Indigenous Languages, IYIL 2019

IFLA Celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Lanaguges. It provides a great opportunity to highlight the work that libraries are doing to support and promote languages, and the communities that speak them.

17 Janvier 2019 | Indigenous Matters, Cultural heritage, Indigenous People, Multicultural populations, IYIL 2019, International Year of Indigenous Languages, indigenous languages

Books for Better Societies: Call for World Book Capital 2021 Candidates Open

UNESCO has opened the call for candidates for the city which will be World Book Capital (WBC) for a year from 23 April 2021. IFLA encourages cities which are realising the potential of libraries to apply.

4 Janvier 2019 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Afghanistan, UNESCO World Book Capital, Literacy and reading, books

Brief on the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on Safeguarding Documentary Heritage

Around the world collections were suffering a variety of fates: illegal trading, destruction, natural disasters and loss of interest, leaving many at risk of being lost. In 2015 the Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form was adopted by UNESCO, giving new momentum to the Memory of the World Programme.

8 Novembre 2018 | UNESCO, Memory of the World, MoW, Cultural heritage, documentary heritage, 2015 Recommendation

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