International Council on Archives (ICA)

Conseil International des Archives (ICA)
Consejo Internacional de Archivos (ICA)

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1948-06 Paris France


Founded by professional archivists meeting under the auspices of UNESCO. Definitively established, Aug 1950, Paris, at 1st S-XS2324 - International Archives Congress.

Constitution adopted at the Inaugural Meeting of the Provisional Council, convened by UNESCO, 9-11 June 1948; amended by Constituent Assembly on 20 Aug 1950, and by General Assemblies on: 16 Aug 1960; 1 Sep 1964; 3 Sep 1968; 25 Aug 1972; 29 Sep 1976; 19 Sep 1980; 19-21 Sep 1984; 24-26 Aug 1988. Constitution revised and adopted at General Assembly on 7-11 Sep 1992; amended by General Assembly on 4-7 Sep 1996; amended and approved by General Assembly 22-26 Sep 2000, Seville (Spain); amended and adopted by General Assembly Aug 2004, Vienna (Austria); amended and approved at Annual General Meeting, Nov 2007; amended and adopted by General Assembly Aug 2012, Brisbane (Australia).


Promote efficient and effective management and use of records, archives and data in all formats and its preservation as the cultural and evidentiary heritage of humanity, through international cooperation, by sharing professional experiences, research and ideas on the management and organization of archives and archival institutions.


2025-10 | Barcelona, Spain – International Congress on Archives

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General Assembly, chaired by President; Executive Board; Evaluation Commission (ECOM); Programme Commission (PCOM); Sections (11); Expert Groups (11); Working Groups.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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