13. Mr. Ray Edmondson, the interim vice-chair of MOWCAP, gave an overview of the Memory of the World (MOW) history and organizational structure.
introduced the "General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage" and discussed the outcome of the recent MOW IAC Meeting in Lijiang, China in June, 2005.
The full text of the Report is attached as Annex D .
14. Mr. Edmondson
also presented a report, commissioned by UNESCO
, of MOWCAP
's history and development, difficulties in promoting or carrying out the MOWCAP
Program, future plans and importance of the National Committees and the Regional Register
full report is attached as Annex E .
20. Mr. Edmondson
discussed the process and operation of setting up national committees as reflected in Section 5.2 of the Guidelines.
He emphasized a) the need for UNESCO National Commission, as legitimate organizers of the MOW National Committees, to be able to set-up effective working committees composed of members from the various collecting profession sectors who would be able to work together; b) the importance of National Committees keeping contact with logical bodies such as MOWCAP and the MOW Secretariat at the Paris Headquarters for the annual reporting and for links to continuing education on the programme; and c) the practicalities that should be kept in mind such as the composition of the Committees (to include conservation specialist), frequency of the meeting, keeping minutes of the meetings as basis for reporting, and establishing Sub-Committees.
21. Mr. Edmondson
also discussed the National Register as part of the National Committee operations, how nominations for the International Register could be submitted either directly to Paris or through the Regional or National Committee
23. Ray Edmondson
shared the Australian Experience as a concrete example of how a National Committee
is set-up in terms of its membership, structure and commitment expected of members who are leading practitioners in the field and who came from various critical heritage sectors with the institutional credibility to bring about the work of the MOW Programme.
28. The Meeting elected the following as members of the MOWCAP Bureau: Mr. Ray Edmondson (nominated by Sudhendo Mandal of India) as Chair, Carmen Padilla (nominated by Allan Howell from Australia) as Vice-Chair, and Simon Chu (nominated by Mr. Prachark Wattananusit of Thailand) was elected as Secretary-General.
29. Dr. Susanne Ornager stepped down as Chair of the Meeting and Mr. Ray Edmondson took over to continue the conduct of the Meeting.
30. Mr. Ray Edmondson
presented the draft Regional Register Guidelines which was modelled after the established MOW General Guidelines.
48. The Meeting adopted the draft document on the Rules of Procedures for the Register prepared by Mr. Ray Edmondson