Preserving the world's audiovisual heritage means preserving our collective memory and ensuring that it is passed on to future generations. We must know the past in order to shape our common future through dialogue and mutual understanding. Former head of UNESCO Irina Bokova
In 2005, at its 33rd session, the UNESCO General Conference adopted a resolution proclaiming 27 October as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption in 1980 of the Recommendation concerning the Protection and Preservation of Movable Images and as a mechanism to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent action to recognize the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.
The resolution emphasizes that special efforts are required to preserve the audiovisual heritage, since the media are very vulnerable and short-lived.