Within the past two years, the International Council on Archives (ICA) and its Section of Professional Associations (ICA SPA) passed the Universal Declaration on Archives (UDA). According to their website, “the UDA 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.”
The UDA was adopted at the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on November 10, 2011. The ICA is now gathering signatures in support of the UDA to provide it with significantly more clout when dealing with non-archivists, especially in third-world countries in developing archives at the national and local levels.
If you’re interested in supporting the UDA, you can register your support here. Thank you!