Cultural Heritage

IFLA's work on preserving cultural heritage

1992: Vedran Smailović plays his cello in the destroyed National Library, Sarajevo
Photo: Mikhail Evstafiev

Conservation, Cooperation, Cultural heritage, Preservation

Last update: 13 June 2017

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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