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Audiovisual archives

Audiovisual Training for the Forest People (Gabon)

This Programme seeks to preserve the audiovisual heritage comprising film, television and sound recordings.

The adoption by the UNESCO General Conference in October 1980 of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images marked a historic moment when film, television and sound recordings became officially recognized and defined as part of the national cultural heritage in the same way textual information had been regarded for centuries. 

UNESCO objective is the development of audiovisual archival infrastructure, trained professionals and accepted professional reference points to ensure the safeguard and preservation of the audiovisual heritage of humanity. 

Working in close cooperation with the seven NGOs which make up the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), the Organization supports the production policy statements and position papers on key issues such as copyright, legislation and technical standards; promotes the exchange of information on audiovisual issues and implements projects in support of audiovisual archiving throughout the world. 

Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations - CCAAA

An umbrella group of organizations whose primary objective is the support of professional audiovisual archive activities, and whose membership is primarily institutional and international (worldwide or regional). Its current members are: 

Specialist NGOs :

Focal International

  • AMIA - Association of Moving Image Archivists 
  • FIAF - International Federation of Film Archives 
  • FIAT/IFTA - International Federation of Television Archives 
  • IASA - International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 
  • SEAPAVAA - Southeast Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archives Associations 


  • ICA - International Council on Archives 
  • IFLA - The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
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