Deadline: 30 April 2024

UNESCO is now inviting nominations for the 10th edition of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, are invited to submit nominations, as are the international non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO and whose work involves the preservation and conservation of documentary heritage, before 30 April 2024.

The Prize was created to commemorate the inscription of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol – the oldest known book of moveable metal print in the world – on the Memory of the World International Register. As such, it has become an important symbol of the Memory of the World Programme’s efforts to support the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage as a common heritage of humanity.

Funded by the Republic of Korea, this Prize of US $30,000 is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Full information is provided in the Guidelines for Nominators and Adjudicators. Each nomination must emphasize:

  • the impact of the candidate’s contribution to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage, through activities piloted and developed, innovations, education, leadership, etc.;
  • any unusual difficulties which the candidate has had to overcome in undertaking preservation and access work in the area of documentary heritage; and
  • the uniqueness of expertise which candidates might utilize in preserving and accessing documentary heritage.


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