The Memory of the World Programme is a preservation project undertaken by UNESCO which targets archive and document materials. The program helps countries around the world protect archives and cultural properties that have been ignored or are in danger of disappearing. These archives and properties possess the same significance as those cultural and natural heritages of outstanding universal value included on the World Heritage list.
The idea behind this international plan for action originated with a realization as to the need for documentary and visual record preservation. These records reflect multiple languages and cultures, are microcosms of the world and its memory, and belong to all of mankind. They should be properly preserved and protected. Consequently, the Memory of the World Programme seeks to register precious documents and visual records, as well as archives and libraries across the globe in order to confront “collective and global disregard” of historical heritages and guarantee that these precious materials can be widely and effectively communicated.