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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 April 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 March 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 February 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 January 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 January 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 January 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 November 2018 | UNESCO, Memory of the World, MoW, Cultural heritage, documentary heritage, 2015 Recommendation

IFLA submission for upcoming UN report: 10th anniversary of the mandate in cultural rights

Next year, 2019, will mark as the 10th anniversary of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. To celebrate, the current Special Rapporteur – Karima Bennoune – has decided to devote her next thematic report to taking stock of the impact of the work of the cultural rights remit, inviting relevant actors to send contributions to inform her study.

7 November 2018 | cultural rights, Cultural heritage, PERSIST, UN, Human rights, copy right, Advocacy

Qatar National Library and UNESCO support Arab Documentary Heritage Preservation

Qatar National Library (QNL) and UNESCO have signed an agreement to implement a joint project entitled ‘Supporting Documentary Heritage Libraries in the Arab Region’.

24 September 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Cultural heritage, Qatar, UNESCO, Preservation and Conservation, PAC

Celebrating Books, Celebrating Access: Kuala Lumpur Announced as World Book Capital 2020

UNESCO has announced that Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be World Book Capital 2020. Taking up the status on 23 April 2020, it will, for a year, be the focus of efforts and activities to promote books and reading for all. Following a successful World Library and Information Congress, it will be a further opportunity for Malaysia’s libraries to show their ability to reach out to the hard to reach.

20 September 2018 | Literacy and Reading, Access to knowledge, accessibility, Malaysia, UNESCO World Book Capital

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