UNESCO invites nominations for Jikji Memory of the World Prize

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Characters of Jikji metal types – © Bibliothèque nationale de France

The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is inviting nominations for its prize to honour institutions or individuals who work to preserve and conserve documentary heritage.

The invitation is extended to all Member States and non-governmental organizations which have official relations with UNESCO and are involved in preserving documents.

Joie Springer of UNESCO says the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize  is awarded by the Republic of Korea and the City of Cheongju in particular.

"It is awarded every two years and it consists of a prize of $30,000 which Cheongju has made available to UNESCO for the prize. It is done to honour the fact that Jikji book, which is the oldest existing book made using a movable metal print was listed at UNESCO Memory of the World Programme in 2001. And because it means a lot to Korea they decided to set up this prize and award it then to other institutions or people who have worked to preserve heritage."

Nominations should be submitted by completing the nomination form and sending it to UNESCO no later than 28 February 2013.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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