David Fricker and David Leitch, ICA President and Secretary General International Council on Archives and Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director General, met on Tuesday 10th November at UNESCO HQ in Paris in order to reinforce the close links between the two organizations and to develop their partnership.
A partnership which started in 1948 since 9 June of that year saw the creation of ICA as a Non-Governmental Organization at UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris. In recent years 9 June has been celebrated as "International Archives Day" with ever greater enthusiasm throughout the world.
On Tuesday, David Fricker and Irina Bokova discussed strategy and archival development, including the Universal Declaration on Archives endorsed by UNESCO in 2011 and particularly the new ICA Strategy for Africa.
David Fricker explained to Irina Bokova that the main objectives of the Africa Strategy are to strengthen national archives as key advocates for record-keeping and as leaders in good practice; to support archival educators in curriculum development and to develop a training plan; to build partnerships to support conservation education and training and also for ICA to take sensitive account of the different linguistic and administrative traditions found in present day Africa.
Finally, David Fricker and Irina Bokova discussed at length possible improvements to Memory of the World (MoW), UNESCO's flagship programme for the documentary heritage. On the same day the UNESCO General Conference approved Recommendations concerning the Preservation of, Access to, Documentary Heritage in the Digital Era.
The PERSIST Project for the preservation of ‘born digital' archives forms an important part of the successful partnership between the two organization and a meeting on Thursday 12 November maintained the momentum of this major initiative.
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