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The UNESCO Memory of the World Program preserves the world's documentary heritage. The UNESCO International Memory of the World Register holds some 300 documents and collections of world significance from the five continents. The number of nominations increases every two years.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO has an Ad Hoc Committee that reviews the submissions. The Committee is composed of a chair and a vice-chair: Marcel Caya and Christina Cameron. Usually, three or four additional experts are added to the Committee to review the submissions to the International Memory of the World Register.
The committee's mandate is to review and evaluate Canadian submissions to the International Memory of the World Register. Every two years, applications are sent to UNESCO by March 31, where UNESCO's International Advisory Committee (IAC) reviews them, eventually choosing the new inclusions.
Submissions are evaluated on:
So far, Canada has four inscriptions in the International Register:
Canada submitted one application in March 2014: The Vancouver (Douglas) Treaties (Royal British Columbia Museum).
To submit an application for the Memory of the World Register, there is a form to fill out and a process to follow. For more information, please contact Pauline Dugré, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.