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The Universal Declaration on Archives was
adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 10th
November 2011. After being adopted in principle in 2009
at the ICA Annual General Meeting in Malta, ICA delegates decided unanimously
at their Annual General Meeting in Oslo, on 17 September 2010, to approve the
text of the Universal Declaration on Archives. The Declaration was developed by a special
working group of the International Council on Archives (Section
of Professional Associations) and
has been endorsed by the ICA as a key pillar of its outreach and advocacy

Declaration is a
statement about the relevance and importance of archives to the general public;
it is an articulation of the specific connections between records and archives
and good governance, basic human rights and entitlements, cultural and
community identity, history and heritage. It details the unique characteristics
of archives and their management requirements to ensure ongoing access for as
long as they are needed.

Declaration is an important step in improving understanding and awareness of
archives among the general public and key decision-makers. It is a powerful,
succinct statement of the relevance of archives in modern society.

Since the beginning of singing the support in
July 2012, 1439 institutions, organizations and individuals have signed the


Information and Declaration singing

List of signatures of support