BEIJING, Oct. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- A UNESCO panel has opened a meeting in the United Arab Emirates to examine around 90 nominations for the Memory of the World program for documentary heritage. The head of the program said it is essential to preserve such documents.
Dr. Abdullah Al Rayes, Director-General of National Archives said "Memory of the World" is a very important program. We want to preserve documents from all over the world, though many of them have been damaged or lost. History is sometimes forgotten because of the loss of such documents. So our committee aims to collect and preserve these materials and hand down to the next generation."
Among the 88 nominations are documents on the 1937 Nanjing massacre as well as records on the suffering of "comfort women", the women forced into sex slavery by Japanese forces during the war.
The documents were submitted by the Chinese State Archive Administration. The program's International Advisory Committee will deliberate over the next three days and make an announcement on the nominations shortly afterwards.