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UNESCO wants National Memory Committee for Liberia

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The Office-In- Charge of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Liberia Mr. Stevenson Seidi, calls for the establishment of a National Memory Committee in Liberia.

He says the Memory Committee is an international initiative launched to safeguard with the aim of preserving and digitizing humanity’s documentary heritage and however pledged UNESCO fullest support to the initiative.

He made the call recently in Monrovia at program marking National Memory of the World and Capacity Development of Stakeholders organized by the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (IMICAT) in collaboration with UNESCO.

According to him, the Memory Committee when stashed will facilitate as it has done in other countries, the preservation and access without discrimination and will also campaign to raise awareness of the documentary heritage, while alerting governments, the general public, business and commerce to preservation needs and to raise funds.

He said UNESCO launched the Program in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia by calling upon the preservation of invaluable archive holdings and library collections all over the world and ensuring their wide dissemination.

Also Speaking, Mr. Lance K. Gbaganyon, Deputy Minister for Couture and Tourism at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (IMICAT) lauds UNESCO for its continuous support to the Ministry, noting that UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 as severe lack of resources, have worsened problems which have existed for centuries.

He then promises full commitment of the Government of Liberia for the establishment of the national Memory Committee in Liberia.

Earlier, the Director of Culture, Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism Darius D.Goeh, lauds facilitator at the workshop Papa Diop, Director of the National Archive of the Republic of Senegal for his facilitation.

Stressing the importance of the National Memory Committee in Liberia and underscore the need for it to be established, comprised of Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism, UNESCO, and Civil Society institutions involved with cultural activities in Liberia.

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