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Secretary-General's Activities

"The records in S-1943 detail the daily activities of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2007 to 2016. The records are arranged chronologically and contain chronological files; schedules of daily appointments; notes of meetings and telephone conversations; talking points; invitations; messages and requests. The chronological files consist of outgoing correspondence from the Secretary-General from 2007 to 2016. The records address subjects including: climate change, chemical weapons; global health; the crisis in Syria; the Middle East peace process; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; as well as UN peacekeeping operations, such as United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); United Nations Operation in C�te d�Ivoire (UNOCI); United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH); and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Outgoing correspondence is addressed from the Secretary-General to heads of state and government, representatives of Member States, United Nations top echelon, Special Advisers and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General, and the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly. These records include: letters of appointment and extension; condolence letters sent to Member States and next of kin of deceased UN personnel; invitations to representatives of Member States for UN events; thank you letters following trips; and letters of congratulations to newly elected heads of state and government. A small portion of the chronological files contain meeting minutes of the Policy Committee of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), as well as signed decisions of the Secretary-General. S-1943 also contains schedules of daily appointments, which detail the Secretary-General's itinerary for daily meetings; briefings; phone conferences; and events with heads of state and government; high-level officials of governments; top echelon and senior officials of UN offices, departments, agencies and organs; and representatives of organizations. The records also include notes from the Secretary-General's meetings and telephone conversations and provide a list of participants, as well as key points raised; summaries of discussions; and follow-up actions from previous meetings. The series documents talking points created for the Secretary-General's meetings and phone conferences that provide background information on relevant political issues, as well as questions and points to be raised by the Secretary-General. Additionally, the talking points include remarks and speeches delivered at conferences, events and press encounters, including: opening remarks for the meeting with the Geneva Group (December 2013); press encounter with President Shimon Peres of Israel in Jerusalem (16 August 2013); and the Secretary-General's address to the General Assembly in New York (24 September 2013). There is a small portion of talking points prepared for the Secretary-General's bilateral meetings during the 62nd session of the General-Assembly, as well as 4 boxes of talking points prepared for the Secretary-General's trips in 2014. S-1943 contains invitations and requests from 2007 to 2011 and sent to the Secretary-General requesting his attendance at events sponsored by Member States, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and individuals. These records include photocopies and originals of invitations as well as responses issued by the EOSG on behalf of the Secretary-General. The records also document: correspondence arranging UN representation at events the Secretary-General was not able to attend; programmes and concept papers for events; speeches delivered at events by the Secretary-General or his representative; transcripts of video messages; prefaces and introductions to UN-produced publications; correspondence exchanged between the Scheduling Office of the EOSG and event organizers; and requests for bilateral meetings. Accepted and refused invitations are arranged alphabetically and therein chronologically, while invitations issued to representatives of the Secretary-General and requests for video messages, forwards and meetings are arranged chronologically. Events documented in these records include: various model UN conferences; inaugurations of heads of state; the commemoration of Dag Hammarskjold's death (2011); World Refugee Day Nansen Lecture (2011); International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (2010); International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (2009); UN Day Concert (2008); and the 15th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2007). The files in S-1943 also capture daily update notes from the Political Unit of the EOSG documenting international conflicts and political situations. The update notes in S-1943 are the Secretary-General's personal copies and contain his initials, annotations and notes. There are also a small amount of code cables sent to the EOSG with updates from various UN peacekeeping operations, including the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI); Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL); and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Matthew Aull, Audrey Belanger, Aleksandr Gelfand, Corinne O'Connor, Emily Pagano, Virginia Pastor Volume: 159 boxes"

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson's Trips

"S-1944 contains records documenting the official travel of Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson from 2012-2014. The records primarily comprise trip books containing itineraries; programme information; background about the country to be visited; biographical profiles of officials; talking points and speeches. Mr. Eliasson served as Deputy Secretary-General from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2016. Throughout his tenure, he travelled to almost every continent in order to attend conferences and summits, and visited United Nations offices, missions and staff stationed around the world. A variety of topics are addressed in the talking points and speeches, including: peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Mali and Myanmar; the crisis in Syria; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; climate change; and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the post-2015 development agenda. The files document Mr. Eliasson's attendance at the United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB) sessions, the 2013 European Development Days (EDD13) meeting, the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings, and the United Nations Retreat on the 2014 Climate Summit held at the Greentree Estate in New York. Processing Archivist: Virginia Pastor Volume: 10 Boxes"

Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar's Activities (2007-2012)

"The records in S-1941 document the daily activities of Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar and primarily consist of chronological files dating from 2007 to 2012. The records detail the Chef de Cabinet�s responsibilities in serving and assisting the Secretary-General and in establishing general policy; reviewing proposals, statements and policies brought forth for attention and approval of the Secretary-General; and maintaining links with various entities within the United Nations System. The records also capture the exchange of information between members of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) including: the Deputy Secretary-General; Deputy Chef de Cabinet; Director for Political, Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Affairs; Director of Communications and Head of Speechwriting Unit; and Chief of the Scheduling Office. S-1941 contains records approved by the Chef de Cabinet on behalf of the Secretary-General. These include summaries of the Secretary-General�s reports to the Security Council and General Assembly; drafts of statements attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General; correspondence and memoranda sent to heads of state, high-level officials and Permanent Representatives; and correspondence with the Presidents of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as the heads of the Specialised Agencies. Other records include: requests to the Secretary-General for visits and meetings; invitations; daily itemized logs of incoming correspondence; briefing notes; talking points; background information for meetings and phone calls; programmes and lists of delegations for the Secretary-General�s official travel; appointments and nominations of special advisers and top echelon; and minutes from Policy Committee meetings. The records address a variety of subjects including: climate change; human rights initiatives; global health; the crisis in Syria; the Middle East peace process; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and UN peacekeeping operations, such as United Nations�African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). In addition, the chronological files contain documentation about conferences and high-level meetings, including the High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, (8-10 June 2011); High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals in New York, (20-22 September 2010); and United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, (1-12 December 2008). The records contain invitations and thank you letters; planning and background information; and proposed scenarios. A small portion of S-1941 consists of invitations and requests for meetings sent directly to the Chef de Cabinet and Kim Won-soo, Deputy Chef de Cabinet. Processing Archivists: Matthew Aull, Corinne O�Connor, Virginia Pastor Volume: 115 boxes"

Office of the Force Commander - Logistics - Registry Files

"Series includes the Registry files of the Office of the Force Commander, Logistics from 1956 through 1967. These records were originally under UN Archives Departmental Archival Group (fonds), DAG-13/3.11, and subsequently S-0530, but were later arranged into the current series. This series contains Registry files of the Force Commander, Logistics, and includes records related to administration, operations, and regulations and orders."

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro's Activities

"Series 1893 contains records detailing the daily activities of the Deputy Secretary-General and primarily consists of correspondence, invitations, congratulatory letters and chronological files. Asha-Rose Migiro assumed the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General (ODSG) on 5 February 2007 and concluded her tenure on 1 July 2012. Her chronological files consist of 49 boxes. These records provide a detailed record of Ms. Migiro's work and activities, spanning 2007-2012. The files contain information about the crisis in Syria (2011); the conflict in Sudan; the Egyptian Revolution (2011); the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti (2011); women's rights, particularly violence against women; the HIV/AIDS crisis; Iran's nuclear programme; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; education initiatives; and climate change. There are also records pertaining to meetings of the Policy Committee, Management Committee, Security Council and the Steering Committee. In addition, there are background notes on topics of importance; programme materials for summits and conferences; briefing notes for meetings with commissioners, ministers and government officials; personnel records; planning and strategy documents for current and future UN initiatives, including the Secretary-General's Global Initiative on Education and Umoja ; and copies of notes to the Secretary-General about Ms. Migiro's meetings and travels. The chronological files also contain travel itineraries; copies of Ms. Migiro's speeches; talking points on various topics; and Q & A reference documents. There are occasional reference copies of correspondence between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and various government officials, as well as drafts of letters for the Secretary-General's approval and signature. S-1893 also contains three boxes of congratulatory letters sent to Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro following her appointment as Deputy Secretary-General in February 2007 from world leaders, diplomats and ministers. Ms. Migiro's corresponding thank-you letters are included. In addition, there are six boxes of invitations, dating from 2007-2008, to attend conferences, summits and events, some focused on women's rights, Africa, poverty, climate change and education initiatives. Other invitations are contained in the chronological files. Additional information about the various conferences may be found in Series 1894 (Trips). S-1893 also contains three boxes of records pertaining to the High-Level Event (HLE) on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2008. These records include invitations to Member States, non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and individuals in the private sector. Other records include programmes for the event and partnership events; briefings of planning meetings; and invitations for the related High-Level Meeting on Africa's Development Needs, held on 22 September 2008. Volume: 60 boxes"

Secretary-General's Activities

Series includes records pertaining to the Secretary-General's daily agenda of activities. Documented are the Secretary-General's extensive travels during the entirety of his tenure. Trip files consist of official itineraries and program booklets of the Secretary-General's visit; the Secretary-General's briefing books for countries and cities visited; background notes on topics of importance to groups and organizations with whom the Secretary-General met; program material for summits and conferences the Secretary-General participated in; publications of United Nations programmes active in countries and regions visited; lists of persons accompanying the Secretary-General on trips; seating arrangements of formal dinners and meetings the Secretary-General attended; programs of cultural performances attended by the Secretary-General; press releases regarding the Secretary-General's activities while on trips; and records pertaining to air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations and security of the Secretary-General and party while on trips. Trip files also contain code cables exchanged between the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and the Secretary-General and party. Also included in the series are files which pertain to persons and groups that were granted meetings and audiences with the Secretary-General, including heads of state, representatives of organizations and VIPs. Other files in the series pertain to invitations received by the Secretary-General to attend public and private events and to speak at celebrations and commemorations of non-profit or private organizations. Records also identify persons who attended events as representatives of the Secretary-General. Files pertaining to messages include the text of the Secretary-General's messages offered to various groups and organizations for use at public and private events; text of messages published in books or periodicals; and text of the Secretary-General's messages for events and commemorative occasions at United Nations headquarters. Records which pertain to the Secretary-General's daily appointments document persons and groups with whom the Secretary-General met, appointment times and well as places of appointment. Series also contains records pertaining to the meetings of the Senior Management Group, Executive Committee on Peace and Security, Steering Committee on Reform, Communications Group, Policy Coordination Group, Emergency Task Force, Great Lakes Task Force and Kosovo Task Force. Records consist of correspondence, briefing books, programs, invitations, speeches, code cables and faxes.

Public Information and Communications

International Civilian Mission in Haiti, OAS/UN (MICIVIH)
The records document activities of the MICIVIH Press and Information Office. There are press releases and press notes, and issues of MICIVIH-Zen Journal, MICIVIH News, and Kenbe La Page!, a mission-produced publication. There are also outlines, proposals, and summaries of MICIVIH-produced videos and radio programmes. Scripts, video time logs, and transcripts of interviews are also included. Topics of videos and radio programmes cover: the human rights situation in Haiti, violence against women in Haitian society, the rights of journalists, the relations between the police and the population, conditions in prisons, and land disputes. There are also lists of Haitian media outlets and memoranda about conversations with Haitian journalists seeking to learn about the mission or share their views of Haiti’s political atmosphere.

United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH)
The files contain issues of the UNMIH Journal dating from 1995 to 1996. Published in English and French, the UNMIH Journal was a mission-produced publication with articles about mission leaders, the inauguration of President René Préval in 1996, non-governmental organizations working in Haiti, health risks to eating in Haitian restaurants, projects to provide Port-au-Prince with reliable electrical power, the history of Haitians’ belief in werewolves, and other subjects.

United Nations Support Mission in Haiti (UNSMIH)
The files contain issues of the UNSMIH Journal dating from 1996 to 1997. Published in English and French, the UNSMIH Journal features articles about such topics as UNICEF’s work in Haiti, planning for United Nations Day commemorated on 24 October, the demobilization of the Haitian Armed Forces (FADH), the arrival of new staff, President René Préval visiting the Pakistan Battalion in 1996, the donation of mission vehicles to Haitian institutions, and protecting Haiti’s environment. There are also photographs of members of CIVPOL standing in front of mission headquarters.

United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti (UNTMIH)
UNTMIH records consist of one folder, containing three issues of the UNTMIH Journal dating from 1997. Published in English and French, the UNSMIH Journal was a mission-produced publication with articles about humanitarian initiatives of mission staff, the new electronic filing system, an Observer’s memories of his first day on the job, and other subjects.

United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (MIPONUH)
The files hold issues of the MIPONUH Journal dating from 1998 to 1999. Published in English and French, the MIPONUH Journal contains articles about mission developments and fulfillment of the mission mandate. Topics covered in the articles include improved commissariats for the Haitian National Police (HNP), death of UN personnel in a helicopter crash, the appointment of Alfredo Lopes Cabral as MIPONUH’s Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG), the closure of MICIVIH bases, political developments, and CIVPOL aid to orphanages.

There are also photographs of Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) Alfredo Lopes Cabral visiting commissariats in Port-au-Prince in November 1999, mission staff visiting schools in Cité Soleil and Delmas in 1999, and the departure of MIPONUH’s CIVPOL component in March 2000. Other photographs document: street scenes of mission personnel interacting with the Haitian population, mission personnel repairing buildings, a group learning about the Haitian Constitution, the interiors and exteriors of mission buildings, police training, mission personnel guarding the National Palace, and a Cité Soleil police station.

International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti (MICAH)
There are photographs of the 1st and 2nd Foundation for Judicial Reform, which were educational initiaves held by the École de la Magistrature in cooperation with MICAH in September 2000 in Freres, Pétion-Ville. The photographs show attendants, speakers, and the closing ceremony of the 1st Foundation for Judicial Reform. Other photographs depict Haitian Prime Minister Jacques-Édouard Alexis travelling by helicopter in 2000, the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) visiting a commissariat in Pétion-Ville and meeting with its police officers, the 2000 visit to Haiti of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk, and a dinner attended by the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) and journalists. Other subjects of photographs are: local elections which took place on 27 November 2000, and a seminar held jointly by the MICAH with the Haitian National Police (HNP).

Management and Integration - Reporting to United Nations Headquarters

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Records of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) include administrative circulars distributed throughout the Mission and daily situation reports created by field teams. Also included are administrative communications exchanged in the wake of the killings of four UNMOT personnel near Garm, Tajikistan on 20 July 1998.

United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT)
Records of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) consist of code cables, situation reports, and memoranda. Also included are minutes of management meetings that describe Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Senior Political Affairs Officer (SPAO) activities. The status of particular regions within the Mission, officer travel plans, diplomatic discussions held, the status of ongoing investigations, humanitarian assistance, and meetings with UN and NGO agencies are discussed within the minutes.

United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peace Building (UNTOP)
Records of the United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peace Building (UNTOP) consist primarily of code cables transmitted between the Mission and UN Headquarters in NY and cover: issues related to Russian troops stationed on the Tajik-Afghan border; reports on meetings with high level Tajik government figures; significant legal, political moves taken by the Tajik government, changes in Tajik administration; analysis of law enforcement structures in Tajikistan; meetings with ex-combatants; the situation of refugees on the Tajik-Afghan border; and activities related to counter-terrorism.

Notable events described in the code cables include: the assassination of Karim Yuldashev, Presidential State Adviser on Foreign and Political Affairs, in Dushanbe on 17 July 2001; a hostage crisis in Dushanbe, 13 June 2001; and the assassination of Habib Sanginov, an Opposition political figure and former Chairman of the Military Sub-commission of the Commission of National Reconciliation, on 11 April 2001. Clear cables report on UNTOP interactions with the Tajik government and Tajik government requests for assistance from the UN.

The UNTOP records also include incoming and outgoing communications with the following political, non-governmental and diplomatic organizations:

Political Parties:

  • Islamic Revival Party (Hizbi Nahzati Islomii Tojikiston)
  • Democratic Party (Hizbi Demokratii Tojikiston)
  • People’s Democratic Party of Tajikistan (Hizbi Khalqi-Demokrati Tojikiston)
  • Social Democratic Party (Hizbi Sotsial-Demokratii Tojikiston)
  • Free Tajikistan Party

International NGO’s

  • FINCA International - Tajikistan (micro and small business lending)
  • CARE Tajikistan
  • International Center for Peace Preservation in Asia
  • Pharmaciens Sans Frontieres Comite International

Local NGO’s

  • Public Committee for Democratic Processes
  • Tajik Society for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries
  • Center Legal Support for Youth
  • Centre of Mercy of Servicemen’s Mothers of Republic Tajikistan
  • Legal Education Center
  • Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights
  • Humanity and Charity
  • Tajik Juridical Consortium
  • Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law

Embassies

  • Afghan Ambassador Said Mouhammad Khairkhoh
  • German Ambassador Rainer Muller, arranging meetings in Berlin between the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) Vladimir Sotirov and German Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials on Central Asia and Human Rights, sharing of UN reports and other documents such as the Project Document concluded by UNDP, UNTOP and the Government of Tajikistan on National Capacity Building in Electoral Administration (September 2004); agreement between RSG Ivo Petrov and German Ambassador to Tajikistan Wolfgang Neuen for Germany’s financial contribution to the “Preservation of Peace through Capacity Development in Human Rights” project (26 February 2002)

RSG Vladimir Sotirov Speech transcripts (Russian language) on topics such as:

  • Peace-building in the region

Other UN Agencies:

  • UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Resident Representative in Tajikistan concerning support for Tajikistan’s Institute of Retraining of Lawyers and a Centre for Legal Information and Human Rights in the Tajik Ministry of Justice; implementation of joint OHCHR/UNDP/UNTOP initiatives, such as the Project: Preservation of Peace and Conflict Prevention through Capacity Development in Human Rights Education
  • UNHCR; UNICEF; UNIFEM concerning their activities in Tajikistan

Seminars and other events organized by the office of the RSG:

  • Public Council Meetings in Dushanbe
  • Election Coordination Meetings
  • Human Rights thematic group meetings

Humanitarian Affairs - Coordination, partnership

Humanitarian Affairs Office
The records of the Humanitarian Affairs Office document coordination between UNMOT and humanitarian agencies active in Tajikistan. Included are a variety of documents forwarded to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) from the following agencies and organizations: the Field Coordination Unit stationed in Dushanbe, which was set up and overseen by the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA); the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the World Health Organization (WHO); the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and the World Bank.

There are reports of the United Nations Inter-Agency Humanitarian Needs Assessment mission led by the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA) in October 1996, as well as issues of an information bulletin titled “Humanitarian Assistance in Tajikistan” and circulated by the DHA. The briefs authored by UNHCR officers in Tajikistan cover: the UNHCR’s reintegration programme, the repatriation of Tajik refugees from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, conditions at transit centers, and the harassment of Tajik refugees by Opposition forces. There is also a UNDP-authored working paper dating from 1997 titled, “Support to Strategic Framework Process: Managing the Transition from War to Peace.” Also present are summaries of Food Coordination Meetings, which were run by the World Food Programme and attended by UNMOT officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Additionally, there is correspondence between the SRSG and representatives of humanitarian agencies as well as summaries of inter-agency meetings convened by the SRSG.

Photographs and Records

The United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) was established in 1950 in order to undertake relief and rehabilitation programs in Korea. It ceased operating in 1959, and liquidation was completed in 1960.

Records include registry files, 1950-1960, containing correspondence, memos, reports, and many other types of documents concerning all aspects of the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency; also project files, 1952-1960, containing correspondence, project agreements, lists of required supplies generated by UNKRA's establishment of projects in the areas of food and agriculture, rural resettlement, transportation, communications, education, health, sanitation and welfare, natural resources, housing, technical assistance, and other projects.
Also included are files concerning personnel, finances, and other matters having to do with the administration of UNKRA, 1951-1960, and containing correspondence, legal documents, minutes, accounts, and photographs.
Historical files, 1951-1960, were assembled in order to write a history of UNKRA, and contain examples of the types of documents mentioned, as well as drafts of a history of UNKRA.

It contains PAG-4/3.0, subseries (3.0) Registry Files; (2) Project Files; (3.1) General Administration Non-Registry Files; (3.2) General Administration Photos; (4) Personnel Office Non-Registry Files; (4.1) Finance Office Non-Registry Files; (4.2) Finance Office Ledgers; (5) Historical Files.

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