Memory of the World Register – Asia and the Pacific
The first inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register were made in 1997.[better source needed] By creating a compendium of the world’s documentary heritage—manuscripts, oral traditions, audio-visual materials, library and archive holdings—the program aims to promote the exchange of information among experts and raise resources for the preservation, digitization, and dissemination of documentary materials. As of 2015, 238 documentary heritages have been included in the Register, among them recordings of folk music, ancient languages and phonetics, aged remnants of religious and secular manuscripts, collective lifetime works of renowned giants of literature, science and music, copies of landmark motion pictures and short films, and accounts documenting changes in the world’s political, economic and social stage.
Items listed below are part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Registry, not a regional list created by the "MOWCAP" Asia Pacific Regional Committee, nor made up of national lists, although such lists have been envisioned.
^ A. Names and spellings provided are based on the official list released by the Memory of the World Programme.