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The National Committee

The National Committee of Finland is responsible for the overall execution of the Memory of the World programme and its follow-up in Finland. The committee has been active since 2014. Its members represent various regions of Finland and organisations responsible for their documentary and literary cultural heritage.

The chairperson of the committee is Jussi Nuorteva, who is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World programme appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO.

Members

Chairpersons

Chairperson Jussi Nuorteva

Vice Chairperson Päivi Happonen
National Archives of Finland

Secretaries

Secretary Tomi Ahoranta
National Archives of Finland

Members

Viveca Rabb
Åbo Akademi University Library

Lauri Harvilahti
Finnish Literature Society

Petra Havu
Finnish Museums Association

Lena Karhu
Svenska Centralarkivet

Timo Leskinen
National Audiovisual Institute

Juha Manninen
Finnish Library Association

Inkamaija Iitiä
Finnish Heritage Agency

Paula Pättikangas
UN Youth of Finland

Liisa Savolainen
National Library of Finland

Åke Söderlund
The Provincial Archives of Åland

 

Rules

Name

Finland’s national Memory of the World committee (hereinafter referred to as “the National Committee”) acts in compliance with the practices and goals set in the general rules of procedure of UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme.

Tasks

The National Committee is responsible for the overall implementation of the Memory of the World programme and its monitoring in Finland. Its tasks include:

  • compiling and maintaining Finland’s national Memory of the World register,
  • coordinating and evaluating the proposals made by Finland for the international Memory of the World register,
  • engaging in close cooperation with public and private organisations to develop the national register and improve the visibility of the national and international registers,
  • supporting fundraising for Memory of the World projects, and
  • engaging in close cooperation with Finland’s UNESCO committee.

Membership

Organisations that foster the documented and literary cultural heritage can become members of the National Committee. The representation of member organisations in the National Committee is permanent. In addition to organisational representatives, the National Committee can invite specialists as fixed-term members. The National Committee’s number of members is not limited. Its members must represent various regions of Finland and organisations responsible for the documented and literary cultural heritage.

Organisations applying for a membership with the National Committee can express their interest in participating in the National Committee’s activities to the chairperson of the National Committee. The member organisations appoint their own representatives to the National Committee. The National Committee decides on the acceptance of new members as proposed by the chairperson. New members must be supported by the majority of the National Committee’s members. If the votes are tied, the chairperson’s vote will be decisive. The elected representatives must have in-depth expertise in their respective fields.

The member organisations will be responsible for their own expenses.

Operating principles

Chairperson and vice-chairperson

The National Committee will elect its chairperson and vice chairperson for three years at a time.

Secretaries of the National Committee

[Secretaries of the Memory of the World programme’s National Committee are placed in the National Archives of Finland.]

Legal liability

The committee is not a legal person, and it cannot sign agreements, enter into commercial commitments or make purchases.

National Memory of the World register

The National Committee maintains a register that presents the items approved for the national Memory of the World register and improves the visibility of Finland’s documented cultural heritage and the activities of the National Committee. The register is available online at www.maailmanmuisti.fi.

Meetings

Every year, at least two meetings will be held as summoned by the chair, or the vice chair if the chair is unavailable.

Quorum

Meetings constitute a quorum when at least half of all members are present. Decisions are made on the basis of majority votes.

Minutes

Meeting minutes will be recorded and delivered to members of the committee, member organisations and Finland’s UNESCO committee.

Reporting

The committee will prepare an annual report on its activities by the end of February following each operating year and deliver it to members of the committee, member organisations and Finland’s UNESCO committee.

Working groups

The committee can appoint preparatory working groups, if required.

Consulting specialists

The committee can consult external specialists.

 

Confirmed in Helsinki on 27 January 2022.