Safe Havens For Archives At Risk
International Working Group
Since 2016

In 2016, swisspeace, with support from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, organized an international expert working meeting on the specific topic of "Safe Havens for Archives at Risk," bringing together important stakeholders, including representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions, representatives of the UNESCO, the International Council on Archives (ICA), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as experts on the subject.

During that expert meeting, a number of ethical and practical challenges around safe haven solutions for archives at risk were identified. As a consequence, the participants decided to create an ad-hoc Working Group of experts with the mandate to move the agenda on safe havens for archives at risk forward and to draft Guiding Principles on the subject matter in order to address these issues and to provide a framework for cooperation on safe havens for archives at risk.