World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH) is observed annually by UNESCO on October 27. The day is celebrated to increase the awareness of the significance of the audiovisual documents such as radio, films, and television programmes. The audiovisual records are our common heritage and consists of the primary records of the history of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year the day is celebrated under the Theme: Your Window to the World.
Why World Day for Audiovisual Heritage?
As per https://en.unesco.org/
- The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH) is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images.
- The World Day is observed to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents and raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures.
- The day also servers as an opportunity for the Member States of the UNESCO to evaluate their performance with respect to implementing the 2015 Recommendation Concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage, Including in Digital Form.
- The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage completes the constitutional mandate of the UNESCO to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image” as a representation of our shared heritage and memory.
The takeaway for Competitive Exams
- UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
- UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
- UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.
Activities and Events that Take Place on this day
Archives across the globe join together annually on October 27 to celebrate audiovisual archives with activities highlighting the vulnerability of the heritage of audiovisual and appreciates the work of the heritage institutions that protect it. Activities conducted include:
- Local programs jointly organized by television/radio stations,
audiovisual societies, national film archives, and government-organized competitions such as a logo contest.
- Special film screening is another activity.
- Conferences, panel discussions, and public talks are also held on the significance and importance of audiovisual documents and the need to preserve and protect them.
A Look at UNESCO Days
Let’s take a look at some other important days that are observed by the UNESCO.
- January 14: World Logic Day
- January 24: World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture
- January 24: International Day of Education
- January 27: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
- February 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- February 13: World Radio Day
- February 21: International Mother Language Day
- March 4: International Day of Mathematics
- March 8: International Women’s Day
- March 21: World Poetry Day
- March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- March 22: World Day for Water
- April 23: World Book and Copyright Day
- May 16: International Day of Light
- May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
- June 5: World Environment Day
- June 8: World Oceans Day
- June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
- August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
- August 12: International Youth Day
- August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and in Abolition
- September 8: International Literacy Day
- September 15: International Day of Democracy
- September 21: International Day of Peace
- October 5: World Teachers Day
- October 13: International Day for Disaster Reduction
- October 17: International Day for Eradication of Poverty
- November 5: World Tsunami Awareness Day
- November 16: International Day for Tolerance
- December 1: World AIDS Day
- December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- December 10: Human Rights Day
- December 18: World Arabic Language Day
- December 18: International Migrants Day