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Chairperson of the Jamaica National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Olivia Grange, will shortly announce the members of the soon to be established National Memory of the World Committee.
Establishment of such a committee is mandatory for the 191-member countries of UNESCO, as well as the organization’s 58-member executive board. Already, the process towards the setting up of the committee has commenced, and is being spearheaded by the Jamaica National Commission, which is the government liaison agency on matters pertaining to UNESCO locally.
National Memory of the World Committees are autonomous entities with their own terms of reference, rules, membership, and succession, and their formation is encouraged in UNESCO-member countries.
The primary role of these committees is to collate and register documented material on a country’s cultural heritage. They also have responsibility for nominating these materials to the International Memory of the World Register, which facilitates research, among other things, by individuals around the world, via their website.
Entitlement by the committees to use the Memory of the World name and logo is contingent on accreditation by their UNESCO National Commission, and meeting and conforming to certain requirements and stipulations.
These include: an operational link with and demonstrated support for their National Commission, and the regional Memory of the World Committee; membership which reflects the country’s geographic and cultural character, important cultural groups, and relevant knowledge and expertise, and accountability (to the objectives of the programme, register selection criteria, and regular reporting).
One of the Committee’s first tasks, when formed, will be the preparation of nominations for the International Memory of the World Register as well as the establishment of a National Memory of the World Register.

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