The documentary heritage of the Baltic Way added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, announced on 30 July the inscription of 35 new items of documentary heritage of exceptional value to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. This brings the total number of inscriptions since 1997 to 193. These items were added on the recommendation of experts during a 3-day meeting of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme which ended on 31 July in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Among the new inscriptions there are also documents proposed by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania recording the 600 km long human chain formed in the three Baltic States on 23 August 1989 to mark the 50th anniversary of the German-Soviet pact of non-aggression of 1939 and its secret protocol. It was a unique and peaceful demonstration that united the three countries in their drive for freedom.

The Memory of the World Register features documentary heritage identified by the International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding to the selection criteria for world significance. Read more

Additional information:
Anita Vaivade, Latvian National Commission for UNESCO
Margarita Gaubytė; Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO
Margit Siim, Estonian National Commission for UNESCO

International competition of visual and applied arts for children and youth „Baltic Way – then and now”
The centre for children and youth "Auseklis" is holding an art contest for pupils of pre-school, school and interest education institutions of the three Baltic states. Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian youth and children are welcome to participate with their drawings, paintings, collages and installations depicting the following topics:
• Baltic Way (23 August 1989);
• Run for Baltic unity "Heartbeats for the Baltics" (22-23 August 2009).

Works should be sent in or submitted in person by 7 November 2009. The works selected by a jury will take part in an exhibition which will take place in November 2009 (exact time and place to be announced).

More information and the rules of entry are available here: www.ikauseklis.lv
Contacts: Dace Rieksta, telephone: +371 26207552,
drieksta@inbox.lv, bjcauseklis@riga.lv