The UNESCO has given recognition to the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world’s documentary heritage maintained by the UNESCO.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova on Monday announced the decision at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The Memory of the World International Register is a list of documents having global significance. Its objective is to ensure preservation of and access to documentary heritage in various parts of the world.
Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali said, “The world will now get to know more about our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and our glorious liberation war.”
He made the remarks while speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday at state guesthouse Padma. The foreign ministry arranged the briefing on UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March speech.
“The 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an inspiration to the Bengali people in their quest for freedom and emancipation.”
The minister said the entire nation got united and prepared for the war of independence.
Bangabandhu’s speech is played throughout the country on various national occasions and it will continue to reverberate in hearts and minds of the Bengali people, he added.
The International Advisory Committee (IAC) recommends whether or not a document qualifies for inclusion on the Memory of the World International Register.
The Committee during its meeting from 24 to 27 October 2017 recommended the 7th March speech for inscription on the Memory of the World International Register.
The Memory of the World Register now have 427 documents and collection from all continents.
During the briefing, the foreign minister said a joint working group of Bangladesh and Myanmar will start work to repatriate Rohingyas within a month.
“I hope we will be able to send the names of our representative to the working group and the group will start working by November 30,” the minister added.