The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has appointed the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Dr Victoria Okojie as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Programme.
The appointment was conveyed to Dr Okojie via an e-mail dated 22nd June, 2015 and signed by Iskra Panevska of the UNESCO Memory of the World Knowledge Societies Division, Communications and Information Sector. UNESCO’s 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.
The programme is administered by a body known as the International Advisory Committee (IAC) whose 14 members are appointed by the UNESCO Director-General. Any member to be selected into IAC should be an authority in the field of safeguarding of the documentary heritage, taking into account a fair geographical representation.
The mail reads in part: “The Director General of UNESCO proceeds with the renewal of International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Programme whose objectives are to facilitate preservation of and access to the world’s documentary heritage as well as increase awareness worldwide of the existence and significance of documentary heritage.
Based on your in-depth expertise, Mrs Irina Bokova would like to invite you to become part of this highly prestigious advisory body.” While reacting on the appointment, the LRCN Registrar said it was a great honour and privilege to be recognized and appointed to serve in such capacity by a United Nations Agency, the UNESCO. “It is a clear signal that our efforts are gradually gaining global recognition.
The task sounds interesting and being a Nigerian, I am optimistic that some of our national monuments and cultural heritage will qualify to be listed in the Memory of the World International Register,” she said. Dr Okojie has served as the President of Nigerian Library Association; Advisor in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Library Committee and is a Fellow of the United States of America International Visitor Leadership Programme. She is the Chair, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Africa Section and an Associate of IFLA International Leaders Programme.