Welcome to the official website of MOWCAP (Memory
of the World Committee for Asia/Pacific)!
MOWCAP, set up in 1998, is the "regional
forum" for UNESCO's global Memory of the
World (MOW) Program.
MOW Program is an international cooperation
strategy aimed at safeguarding, protecting and
facilitating access to and the use of documentary
heritage, especially heritage that is rare and
endangered. UNESCO launched the Program in 1992
to guard against collective amnesia by calling
upon the preservation of invaluable archive
holdings and library collections all over the
world and ensuring their wide dissemination.
In the Asia Pacific region, many libraries,
archives and memory institutions face formidable
challenges - economic, climatic and geographic
- in achieving these goals. MOWCAP aims not
only to assist preservation of and universal
access to documentary heritage of the Asia/Pacific
region, but also to increase awareness of the
existence and significance of the heritage.