In September 2012 UNESCO organised a major conference in Vancouver, Canada. The Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation explored the key issues affecting the preservation and long-term accessibility of digital documentary heritage and three months after its conclusion UNESCO issued the Vancouver Declaration.

IFLA, together with UNESCO, the International Council on Archives (ICA), Koninklijke Bibliotheek of the Netherlands and DEN Foundation are pleased to announce that a follow-up meeting to prepare an action plan for the implementation of the Vancouver Declaration has been initiated. The high level meeting will take place on the 5th and 6th of December in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The objectives are to establish a roadmap proposing solutions, agreements and policies, that ensure long term access and trustworthy preservation. This roadmap should address issues like open government, open data, open access and electronic government. It should dovetail with national and international priorities and be in full agreement with human rights.