Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, H.E. Mr. Raymond Araygi, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with UNESCO – Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) organized a three-day regional training workshop on “Memory of the World: Preservation and Promotion of the Arab region Documentary Heritage” for French-speaking Arab countries, from May 20 till 22, 2015.
The workshop, convened in the framework of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, brought together representatives from
Middle East and North Africa countries (Algeria, Djibouti, the Comoros Islands, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia and Tunisia), and representatives of Lebanese academic and cultural institutions, as well as two experts, Ms Frederique Bazzoni, a member of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register Sub-committee, and Mr. Abdelaziz Abid, former Head of the Memory of the World Programme.
The workshop aimed at offering participants an overview of UNESCO’s heritage programmes, in general, and the functioning of the Memory of the World Programme, in particular. The participants acquired practical skills and knowledge on how to use the MoW Register Companion, to identify and select items for nomination, to use the selection criteria, and what to do in case of their nomination being rejected. They got acquainted with some past examples of inscriptions on the Register and with the significance of establishing national and regional MoW committees. The training also focused on the crucial role of the Memory of the World Register in increasing global awareness about the existence and the significance of documentary heritage.