UNESCO's Memory of the World Program Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (MOWLAC)
has registered 18 new heritage documents in its regional registry, among which are the issues of the Official Gazette El Peruano
from the first half of the 19th century
During its XXII ordinary meeting, held in Aruba, MOWLAC included the archive of Peru's official newspaper for its contribution of documents from the period between 1826 and the first half of 1868.
The Memory of the World program is an international initiative promoted and coordinated by UNESCO since 1992, in order to ensure the preservation and access to the documentary and digital heritage of greatest relevance to the peoples of the world.
"This is a very important acknowledgment of the preservation work carried out by Editora Peru on the historical copies of the Official Gazette El Peruano from the first half of the 19th century," Editor-in-Chief Felix Paz remarked.
"This is the only media outlet in Peru that has been included in the Memory of the World, both at regional and national levels," he added.
For her part, Nancy Rojas, head of the Documentation Center at Editora Peru – which owns El Peruano and Andina news agency
– underscored that the aforementioned Official Gazette has endured over time, unlike other documents that disappear.
Rojas also noted that El Peruano constitutes a unique and precious legacy in the long process of democratic consolidation and the development of the Peruvian nation.
"We are very happy that our newspaper has been recognized by UNESCO
and, at the same time, we are committed to preserving and disseminating this documentary heritage," she said.
Moreover, the Documentation Center chief explained that this digitized historical material is stored in an internal database, so citizens can access this information in digital format, with the proper permission.