UNESCO's first international organisation for documentary heritage to open in S. Korea

Yonhap News Agency,
31 October 2023, Korea, Rep

UNESCO's first international organisation in the field of documentary heritage is set to open in the central city of Cheongju this week, the interior ministry said Tuesday. The International Centre for Documentary Heritage (ICDH) will support UNESCO's Memory of the World Program, which aims to preserve documentary heritage around the world and promote its global awareness, according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety. The 4,307-square-meter site consists of one underground floor and four aboveground floors, which cost 21.8 billion won (US$16 million) to construct.

The center will come up with ways to monitor and manage the world's records and collections listed in the Memory of the World Program, and seek to strengthen the preservation capabilities of documentary heritage in African regions, in order to protect endangered records and excavate latent heritage.