World's entire audiovisual heritage endangered

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United Nations audiovisual archives. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The world's audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable, according to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

On World Day for Audiovisual Heritage marked every 27 October, UNESCO says it is raising consciousness on the importance of preserving recordings.

They are said to be disappearing due to neglect, natural decay, technological obsolescence, and deliberate destruction.

Iskra Panevska, an audiovisual expert at UNESCO, says there is a lot of work to be done for the long term preservation of the world's heritage.

Audio visual heritage is extremely vulnerable. In 10 to 15 years, if we do not transfer audio visual records to digital, we risk to lose them. And much of the world's audio visual heritage has already been irrevocably lost. That's impoverishing the memory of mankind forever. (0'21")

Ms Panevska added that developing countries are much more affected by this issue, but there is no country in the world where audiovisual archives are not endangered.

She said even in the most advanced countries, budgetary and human resources cuts are to blame.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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