In october 2015, just a few months after the opening of the Museum, a work team organized by museum director Alejandra Naftal performed a critical and comparative analysis of the Unesco guidelines for the nomination of properties to the World Heritage List. As a result of that first approach, the team wrote a proposal that was submitted to the Secretary of Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice with the goal of presenting the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory – Former Center of Detention, Torture and Extermination to the World Heritage Committee’s Tentative List, the first step before the creation of a nomination file.
The procedure to enter the Tentative List was picked-up and completed by the authorities appointed in December 2015. As they came from an alliance that opposed the previous government administration, they elevated the initiative and turned it into State policy. Today, a Work Plan is being executed with the purpose of meeting the technical, social, diplomatic and political requirements needed to obtain the nomination. As a symbol of all Sites of Memory in Argentina as well as the Area for Memory and the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (former ESMA), the nomination of the ESMA Museum and Site of Memory to the Unesco World Heritage List seeks to raise international awareness on the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the civic-military dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983, as well as on the exemplary path of justice achieved by our democracy thanks to the struggle led by human rights organizations.