Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images (1980)


Moving images are representative of the cultural identity of a people and as such have historic, cultural, and artistic value. The Recommendation notes the extreme vulnerability of moving images because of the materials they are composed of and the need to maintain them under very specific technical conditions. Deterioration, accident, and "unwarranted disposal" have already led to the loss of some of the world's moving image heritage. States are asked to take measures to protect moving images, just as they do other cultural property within their care. The Recommendation proposes greater international cooperation.