UNESCO to hold online symposium on strengthening African memory institutions’ resilience in response to COVID-19

The event, under the theme “Strengthening the resilience of memory institutions in Africa in the face of COVID-19 and beyond”, will host policymakers and documentary heritage professionals from Africa and Asia and the Pacific to propose effective preservation policies in the face of future crises and identify ways of incorporating documentary heritage as part of national disaster risk reduction strategies.

The symposium will incorporate an online workshop, scheduled on 8 September. It will focus on emergency planning and disaster response for selected African professionals working at national archives, libraries, museums, and other memory institutions.

Both the symposium and the workshop are organized by the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme in partnership with the National Archives Administration of China.

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