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Universal Declaration on Archives (2011)

Universal declaration of Archives

The Universal Declaration on Archives was adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2011. The Declaration was developed by a special working group of the International Council on Archives and has been endorsed by the ICA as a key pillar of its outreach and advocacy strategy.

The 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.

View the Universal Declaration on Archives [pdf 199kb].