Bangabandhu’s iconic speech on 7 March 1971 had been what finally pushed the nation over the edge, driving the countrymen to make their final stand against years of oppression and torture. The significance of the speech resonates within every Bangladeshi till date and now, in recognition of its impact in the history of Bangladesh, it has been archived among the world’s documentary heritage.
UNESCO has recognized the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the world’s documentary heritage as disclosed by the Director-General, Irina Bokova at the Headquarters in Paris on 30 October 2017.
The speech is now a part of the Memory of the World International Register, a list of documents that was created to ensure the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. The register now contains over 400 documents from all over the world, each and every one holding unique significance in their own aspects.
The International Advisory Committee, responsible for recommending nominations to UNESCO, during its meeting from October 24 to 27 recommended that the speech for inscription on the Memory of the World International Register.
"The world will now get to know more about our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and our glorious Liberation War", said Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said in the press release.
The speech had, in its time, set the tone for Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Its inclusion in the register will now ensure that this indispensable part of our history will now leave an imprint upon the memory of the world.