Date Added:26 July 2012
The Universal Declaration on Archives was adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 10th 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.
- Defines archives to include all recorded decisions, actions and memories in all formats including paper, digital, and audio visual;
- Recognises the uniqueness of archives in the way they provide authentic evidence of human actions;
- Emphasises the key role of archives in ensuring administrative transparency and democratic accountability;
- supporting democracy and human rights, and preserving collective social memory.
- Explains the role of archivists as skilled professionals who care for archives and provide access to them;
- Highlights the key requirements for good archival management.
Text of the UDA: The UDA has been translated into many languages which are available here .
Sign the UDA Register: Declare your support for the Universal Declaration on Archives by signing the UDA online Register .
Print and web versions: Print and web versions of the UDA poster in English, French, Spanish and Chinese are available below for download and use for promotion purposes.
Template: For those languages where print and web versions are not available a template can be obtained by contacting which can be used with Adobe Photoshop to download the text for printing copies of the poster.
Tanslate the UDA: If you wih to translate the UDA into a language not already translated, please contact first.