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ICOM 2013 in Rio(3)


Noting that:

According to Article 4 of the ICOM Statutes, respect for the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums is a sine qua non condition for membership of ICOM;
The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums requires that museum collections be adequately documented, that this documentation respect professional standards, be kept securely and be made available to legitimate users (§2.20, p. 5);
The Code of Ethics further recommends that documentation be shared amongst institutions as a contribution to the promotion of knowledge and co-operation between museums and cultural organisations (§6.1, p. 9); 
Adequate documentation is critical for ICOM, UNESCO, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization as a key vehicle in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural property;
The Advisory Committee of ICOM, at its 75th session in Paris, acknowledged the need to give greater prominence to the importance of adequate documentation.
It is recommended by the 28th General Assembly of ICOM, meeting on 17 August, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to acknowledge:

The work initiated in Zagreb in 2005 by CIDOC, highlighting the necessity for further details in section 2.20 of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, providing a clear and explicit statement of a museum’s legal, ethical and practical obligation to maintain adequate documentation of its collections;
The Statement of Principles of Museum Documentation adopted by CIDOC at its 2012 General Assembly in Helsinki, held on Wednesday, 13 June, 2013; and
•That the Statement of Principles of Museum Documentation are considered a complement to Articles 2.20 and 6.1 of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums.
RESOLUTION No. 3
ICOM Secretariat and Recruitment of the Director General


Given that the General Secretariat of ICOM is the operational body of the Organisation and its Members;