India-Indonesia want 'Bandung Conference' to be archived in UNESCO's "Memory of the World Register"
India and Indonesia has jointly nominated 'Archives of Bandung Conference (1955)' for listing in UNESCO's "Memory of the World Register".
The Conference - a meeting of newly independent Asian and African states pioneered by Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India - was the cornerstone for the birth of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) six years later in 1961.
Memory of the World Register
- Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction.
- It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items.
- NAM was established in 1961 to give third world countries independent voice and platform during bipartisan cold war politics.
- Its main aim was to stop the 'third world' from getting into the lethal arms race during Cold War and shift the focus to peace and development.
- As of today, it boast of 120 members and 17 observer countries.