The Universal Declaration on Archives turns 5 today

10 Nov 2016

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Archives (UDA). The UDA was initiated by the ICA and adopted in Paris by the UNESCO on 10 November 2011.

The Declaration has been translated into many languages and advocates the preservation and universal accessibility of the world's documentary heritage. Archives secure human rights, establish a collective memory, and underpin accountable and transparent governments. The Declaration is a call to action and seeks engagement in archival issues by governments, decision-makers and the general public.

To celebrate this milestone, the ICA calls on all archivists, records managers and the general public to share the Declaration and sign the online register.

"Almost 4,000 people have given their support for the UDA by signing the Register and I strongly urge you to do the same. Let's triple that number before International Archives Day on 9 June 2017!" David Fricker, President International Council on Archives