Sub-fonds AG-004-004 - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) (1955-1977)

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Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) (1955-1977)


  • 1950 - 2000 (Creation)

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In 1949, "the Technical Assistance Section of the Division of Economic Stability and Development and the International Centre for Training in Public Administration were transferred from the Department of Economic Affairs to the Technical Assistance Administration (TAA).” (YUN, 1949) "The Technical Assistance Administration is responsible for the programme of technical assistance, which includes the operation and administration of the programmes authorized by General Assembly resolutions on advisory social welfare services, on training in public administration and on the United Nations programme of technical assistance for economic development of under-developed countries. In addition it is responsible for administering the United Nations Expanded Programme for Technical Assistance as approved by resolution of the Economic and Social Council (222(IX)). These programmes include the organization of technical assistance missions, the provision of expert advice, the award of fellowships and scholarships and the organization of demonstration projects, seminars, and training institutes." (YUN, 1950)

TAA was aided by the Technical Assistance Board (TAB), which was under the mandate of the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, later combined into the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For the life of TAA, there were talks about merging it with both the Department of Social Affairs and the Department of Economic Affairs. However, while the two Departments merged in 1955, the Technical Assistance Administration remained a separate entity until 1959. Throughout the period of its existence, the Director-General was Hugh L. Keenleyside.

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The functional description of records in AG-004-004 is based on the retention schedule of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), dated 21 January 2013. The names of the series comprising AG-004-004 were drawn from the function series listed in the retention schedule.

AG-004-004 consists of:
S-0022 Technical Assistance - Natural Resources and Minerals Branch
S-0024 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Population Branch
S-0140 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Water Resources Branch
S-0128 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Population Branch
S-0131 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Africa Branch
S-0132 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Asia and Pacific Branch
S-0141 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Energy Branch
S-0143 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Development Planning Advisory Branch
S-0134 Technical Assistance Projects Reports - Reports Unit
S-0135 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Infrastructure Branch
S-0138 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Americas Branch
S-0146 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Asia and the Middle East Branch
S-0147 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Country Programme Evaluation Branch
S-0155 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Cartography Branch
S-0151 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Europe, Latin America and Interregional Projects Branch
S-0392 Department of Technical Cooperation for Development - Transportation
S-0388 Department of Technical Cooperation for Development - Reports Section
S-0390 Department of Technical Cooperation for Development - Development Administration Division
S-0391 Department of Technical Cooperation for Development - Public Finance and Enterprise Management Branch
S-0553 United Nations Development Programme/Special Fund Records
S-0142 Technical Assistance Projects Files - Mineral Branch
S-1906 Coordination, partnership: Partnered project planning, Member States
S-1915 Coordination, partnership: Regional economic commissions, funds and programmes, and specialized agencies
S-1917 Capacity Development: Project files, training and study activities
S-1923 Coordination, partnership: United Nations Programme on Public Administration and Finance
S-1925 Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies (CDPPP) - project files
S-1928 Bureau of Social Affairs - project files
S-1929 Bureau of Technical Assistance Operations (BTAO) - project files
S-1931 Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Philippe de Seynes
S-1935 World Population Conference, 1974
S-1937 Regional Commissions Section

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