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Saturday 31 August ,2019

The National Archives Holds the Preliminary Meetings of the ICA Congress - Abu Dhabi 2020

The National Archives Holds the Preliminary Meetings of the ICA Congress - Abu Dhabi 2020

The National Archives holds intensive meetings in preparation for the ICA Congress 2020, which will be hosted by Abu Dhabi from 16 to 20 November next year under the theme “Empowering Knowledge Communities”. The meeting will be attended by senior officials of the International Council on Archives “ICA”. The participants will discuss strategic topics that will enrich the ICA Congress 2020 in Abu Dhabi. The Congress will be held for the first time in the Middle East. It aims to sharing knowledge and achieving innovative topics.

The agenda of the preliminary meetings on 31 August - 1 September 2019 at the St. Regis Saadiyat Hotel, Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi includes a series of discussions on the formation of the necessary working committees to follow the effective coordination to fulfil all the requirements of the Congress, and lay down the agenda to help participants to reach innovative ideas and interesting topics that attract the attention of the archivists and enrich the ICA Congress 2020.

Through the ICA 2020 Congress, the National Archives aspires to promote the UAE’s mission and the culture of tolerance the UAE people believe in and consider it a way of their life, the UAE's role in preserving the nation’s memory and its contribution to the preservation of human heritage.

It is noteworthy that the National Archives has keen interest in holding the ICA Congress 2020 in Abu Dhabi in the presence of more than 3000 archivists with the objective of strengthening the bonds of dialogue among participants from nearly 200 countries around the world, discussing the basics of protecting the documentary heritage and the current archival practices and their challenges and the critical role played by the people working in the fields of archiving and information systems in the knowledge communities of the 21st century.

The ICA Congress provides the professionals in the field of archiving and its related information areas with the prospects of researching the implications of the use of modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, examining the role of archives in maintaining sustainable development, providing evidences and ensuring future information security.

The ICA Congress pays a great attention to the documented information as it forms the core of sustainable knowledge; therefore, it will consider fortifying its access and protecting it from the impact of climate, theft, illicit trafficking, etc. The theme “Empowering Knowledge Communities” has been chosen to promote interdisciplinary thinking and explore new and emerging technologies and strategies within the scope of the International Council on Archives.

As the National Archives has always been an active member of the International Council on Archives, it contributes to the preservation of the records and archival collections as they form an essential pillar of knowledge society. The quadrennial congress meetings will be held for the first time in an Arab country and will coincide with World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The National Archives has held several meetings with leading World archivists in order to organize the ICA Congress 2020 in the best way that suits the host country of this large archival event, and will reflect the progress it achieved in organizing international events. It will also show the keenness of the UAE’s leadership and people in taking every all measures to preserve the documentary heritage that can be relied upon in making the future.