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Call for nominations for Memory of the World Prize

UNESCO is inviting nominations for the fifth UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. The prize rewards efforts to contribute to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Nominations are being sought from relevant individuals and organisations. Each nomination must elaborate:

  • the impact of the candidate's contribution to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage, through activities piloted and developed, innovations, leadership, publications, etc.;
  • any unusual difficulties which the candidate has had to overcome in undertaking preservation and access work in the area of documentary heritage.

Nominations may be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. Via a relevant Member State, in consultation with their National Commission or;
  2. VIa an international non-governmental organisation (NGOs) maintaining official relations with UNESCO and whose work is in the field of preservation and conservation of documentary heritage.

If you're considering submitting an application via the UK, please contact Andrea Blick at the UK National Commission for UNESCO (ablick [at] unesco.org.uk, +44 (0)207 766 3491) to inform her of your intent to submit a nomination. Nominations should then be submitted by completing the nomination form and sending it to Ms Blick no later than Thursday 14 February 2013. Successful nominations will then be transmitted to UNESCO. Please note that nominations submitted directly to UNESCO will not be considered.

If considering submitting an application via a relevant international NGO, please contact the NGO directly.

Download the nomination form and guidance material here.

The Prize was created to commemorate the inscription of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol - the oldest known book of moveable metal print in the world - on the Memory of the World Register, and to contribute to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage as a common heritage of humanity. It is funded by the Republic of Korea through arrangements made with the Municipal Council of Cheongju City and consists of an award of US $30,000 that is given every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Written: 16/01/2013 , last modified: 16/01/2013



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