Congress theme: “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities”

Preserving our past for the future – the importance of long term preservation for the cultural heritage sector

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19 August, 13:45-15:45


Summit 1

Come to the UNESCO session!

During UNESCO’s Memory of the World conference in September 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, the process of looking at the preservation of digital material was launched. This initiative was further strengthened by the publication of the Vancouver Declaration in January 2013. The session will take a closer look at how to make the Declaration a reality.

Timbuktu Manuscripts II Astronomy-Mathematics, © 2007, EurAstro Mission to Mali Furthermore the disaster reconstruction work of UNESCO and IFLA will also be presented, focusing on the devastation in Mali and the work IFLA is undertaking to establish a written cultural heritage risk register.

The session will also provide an update on the World Digital Library and the Memory of the World programme, highlighting some of the great achievements these two important programmes have made in the last year.


  • Joie Springer
    Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
  • Martin Berendse
    President, International Council on Archives / Director, National Archive of The Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Ellen Tise
    Senior Director, Library and Information Service, Stellenbosch University/ IFLA representative on the International Advisory Committee to the UNESCO Memory of the World
  • Ismail Serageldin
    Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Helena Asamoah-Hassan
    University Librarian, Kwame Nkrumah University/ Member of the International Advisory Committee to the UNESCO Memory of the World
  • Genevieve Clavel
    National and International Cooperation, Swiss National Library/ IFLA Governing Board member
  • Ingrid Parent
    IFLA President

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