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Four Iranian cultural items enter UNESCO’s list

Four cultural items from Iran `have been inscribed in the regional section of the Memory of the World Program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Press TV reports. 

Iran marked the registration of this cultural heritage during a ceremony held on October 27, the World Day of Audiovisual Heritage.

The inscribed items include Kitab al-masalik wa-al-mamalik (Book of Roads and Kingdoms) by Abu Ishaq Ibrahim ibn Muhammad al-Farisi that belongs to the 10th century and Vandidad, which is one of the chapters of Avesta, the sacred book of the followers of Zoroaster.

The other two items are Documents and Photos of Karbala, which is a collection of official government reports and documents dating back to 1191-1413 of lunar calendar and Jan-e Marjan, which is a documentary about the marine environment in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

Some 301 items from 102 countries have been inscribed in Memory of the World Program and Iran has the most items inscribed in Asia region after China and Korea.

Iran has inscribed seven items so far that placed the country the 8th in the world and 3rd in the region.

Memory of the World Program is a part of UNESCOs projects that endeavors to promote public awareness, sustainable conservation, and universal access to documentary heritage of humanity.

The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage which has been recommended by the International Advisory Committee, and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO.

The committee selects from among the submitted works based on their world significance and outstanding universal value.

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