UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form (2015) 

UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form (2015) 

At the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, 195 countries voted unanimously in favor of the introduction of a new UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form.

Arranged by five thematic areas - namely (1) Identification of documentary heritage, (2) Preservation of documentary heritage, (3) Access to documentary heritage, (4) Policy measures and (5) National and international cooperation), the Recommendation addresses both the technical and strategic issues that arise in the preservation and use of documentary heritage. It provides practical and actionable recommendations that can be used by governments, memory institutions, the private sector, professional associations, academia and others organizations and individuals operating in the area of documentary heritage.

The Recommendation is available in the following languages:

The brochure of the Recommendation is available here.

In May 2017, a first regional consultation on the implementation of the Recommendation resulted in the adoption of theUNESCO-ASEAN Member States Action Plan for the implementation of the Recommendation.  ASEAN Member States, museums, archives and libraries have raised that one of the main challenges in the region for safeguarding documentary heritage is the lack of awareness amongst policy-makers and the public on the significance of documentary heritage.