Adopted in principle last year, at the ICA Annual General Meeting in Malta, the Universal Declaration on Archives (available in French, Spanish, and Arabic) has now officially become one of the core pillars in ICA’s advocacy policy. The 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. Developed by ICA/SPA (Section of Professional Associations) on the model of the “Déclaration québécoise des Archives”, the Universal declaration on Archives (UDA) sets out concisely the unique characteristics of archives and the management requirements to provide ongoing access for as long as the records are needed. It has been conceived as a basis for advocacy and promotion to support archives and the profession, and addresses a wide public.
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