The Laurentian Chronicle 1377 included on the Register of the UNESCO «Memory of the World»

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The Life and Works of Ernesto Che Guevara: from the original manuscripts of his adolescence and youth to the campaign Diary in Bolivia, presented by Bolovia and Cuba; the Pages of Testimony Collection, Yad Vashem Jerusalem, 1954-2004, presented by Israel; and Maha Lawkamarazein or Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines, presented by Myanmar, are among 54 new additions to the Memory of the World Register, approved today by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

The list includes presented by Russia Laurentian Chronicle in 1377. The earliest Russian chronicle surviving almost intact. The codex contains the earliest extant copy of the Tale of Bygone Years and provides the most authoritative source for the primary history of Eastern Slavs in the context of worldwide processes in medieval history. The text describes the events going on both in the Slavic lands and in the vast territories abroad including Byzantium, Europe and Eastern nomadic tribes. Made at the time of the Kulikov Battle, the Laurentian Chronicle had a crucial role in ideological and moral justification of the need for political unity in Russia and consolidation of all patriotic forces on the eve of resolute resistance to the Horde.

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These new elements of documentary heritage were proposed by 40 countries and the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS). They were evaluated and recommended by the International Consultative Committee for the Memory of the World programme, meeting in Gwangju (Republic of Korea) from 18 to 21 June. The items presented by Israel, Myanmar, Nepal are the first inscriptions on the register for these countries. The ITS item is also the first on the register for the Commission.

The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 299 documents and document collections from the five continents, safeguarded on various supports from stone to celluloid and parchment to sound recordings.

During its current session, the Committee also announced that this year’s UNESCO/ Jikji Memory of the World Prize would be awarded to ADABI (Apoyo al Desarrollo de Archivos y Bibliotecas), a Mexican non-profit association, in recognition of its innovative approach to conservation, digitization and accessibility of archives, as well as its education and training programmes. The association encourages communities to play an active role in safeguarding archives and sensitizing the public to the importance of documentary heritage.

The $30,000 Prize is awarded every two years to institutions or individuals having made a significant contribution to the conservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.


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