ICA Reference Documents

The Council is the voice of archives on the world stage. Its business is based upon a number of defining documents which explain the purpose of both ICA and the archive profession.

Read the internationally adopted Code of Ethics which describes the ethical foundation on which all ICA members base their work, or take a look at the speech of Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Round Table Conference. Learn about how the ICA works through documents such as the Constitution.

All these documents can be downloaded from this website for free.

ICA Constitution

« Archives constitute the memory of nations and of societies, shape their identity, and are a cornerstone of the information society. By providing evidence of human actions and transactions, archives support administration and underlie the rights of individuals, organisations and states. By guaranteeing citizens' rights of access to official information and to knowledge of their history, archives are fundamental to democracy, accountability and good governance » (Preamble)

Available in English, French and Spanish

 

ICA Strategic Implementation Plan 2014-2018

Available in English and French

 

ICA Strategic Direction 2008-2018

The purpose of this document is to provide a clear statement of why ICA has chosen this strategic direction and what it wishes to achieve over the next ten years.

Available in English, French, Spanish and Russian

 

Business Plan 2008-2010

Available in English and French

 

ICA Code of Ethics

The General Assembly of the ICA held in Beijing, China, formally adopted the ICA Code of Ethics on 6 September 1996.

Available in 23 languages

 

Universal Declaration on Archives 

The Delegates of the Annual General Meeting of the ICA held in Oslo, Norway, formally adopted the Universal Declaration on Archives on 17 September 2010.

Available in Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Welsh 

The Declaration was officialy endorsed by the UNESCO   in plenary session on 10 November 2011.

 

ICA Annual Reports

 

Position Statements

 

Major Speeches

  • Archibishop Desmond Tutu keynote address at the CITRA conference in Capetown, South Africa, 21 October 2003. Available in English