Series External Relations - S-1086

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S-1086

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External Relations

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  • 1963 - 1997 (Creation)

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No. of Boxes: 159

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Series documents United Nations external relations with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil, religious and academic institutions, the general public and United Nations Information Centres (UNICs). Records documenting relations with governments include talking points (summaries informing the Secretary-General of events of current import to government representatives and individuals). Delegations files include records that document within member countries United Nations involvement in the following: human rights abuses and humanitarian needs, military activities and conflict resolution, political negotiation and matters related to elections, position appointments, security of United Nations personnel and natural disasters. Records include correspondence between the Secretary-General and ambassadors, heads of state and government officials as well as reports to the Secretary-General of permanent, fact-finding and exploratory missions. Of particular interest in delegations files are records pertaining to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict; peace talks between the government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca; the Governors Island Agreement between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti and General Raoul Cedras; and events in El Salvador, including the Peace Agreement (1992) signed between the government of El Salvador and the Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN). Records documenting relations between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations include correspondence and reports of meetings with the Secretary-General. Records documenting relations between the United Nations and religious institutions include correspondence regarding matters of mutual interest, acts of religious violence and material related to religious ceremonies and events held in connection to the activities of the United Nations. Records pertaining to academic institutions include invitations for the Secretary-General to speak or attend events at educational institutions as well as material describing projects and collaborative efforts between the United Nations and educational institutions. Correspondence from the general public documents opinions expressed about the work of the United Nations, suggestions for United Nations activities, reaction toward specific decisions made by the Secretary-General, requests for autographs and requests for legal assistance involving extraordinary circumstances. A significant number of files consisting of correspondence and petitions addressed to the Secretary-General are in Arabic. Series includes correspondence, reports, press releases, press clippings, memoranda, minutes of meetings, code cables and cryptofaxes.

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Related to: 2001/0190: SG/EOSG - Papers of the Secretary-General: Boutros Boutros-Ghali's official records, 1992 files

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1997/0016, 1997/0035, 2001/0190, 2002/0207, 2004/0015, 2005/0010, 2007/0015

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