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S-1894 · Series · 2007 - 2012
Part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

"Series 1894 consists of records documenting the official travel of the Deputy Secretary-General. The records primarily consist of briefing and trip books containing itineraries, programme information, background about the country to be visited, profiles of officials, talking points, and speeches. Asha-Rose Migiro served as Deputy Secretary-General from 5 February 2007 to 1 July 2012. Ms. Migiro travelled to every continent and nearly every region of the world to attend conferences and summits relating to present-day world issues such as HIV/AIDS, women's empowerment, climate change, child poverty, education initiatives and economic development. There are files for conferencesand meetings that she attended regularly, including the African Union Summit, World Knowledge Forum, Economic Commission for Europe, Secretary-General's retreat, United Nations Chief Executives Board Sessions, Economic and Social Council, Millennium Development Goals, and Regional Coordination Meetings. S-1894 also contains one box documenting the official travel of Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who assumed his position on 1 July 2012. These records primarily consist of briefing books. Volume: 21 boxes"

Secretary-General Personal
S-1951 · Series · 2006 - 2012
Part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

"S-1951 contains records that are personal in nature or that relate to matters of importance to the non-professional obligations of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This series contains correspondence with VIPs and personal friends of the Secretary-General and includes invitations extended to him for cultural events and letters in which people express their views of the United Nations and global issues. The VIP correspondence also includes letters exchanged between the Secretary-General and former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. This series also contains official condolence letters sent by the Secretary-General to relatives and friends of recently deceased persons within the United Nations System; correspondence with Member States on the occasion of the death of persons serving with UN missions and field operations; and letters of condolence sent to heads of state after the occurrence of a natural disaster. In addition, there are also condolence letters related to the 2009 attack of the Bakhtar guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan; the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; and the 2011 terrorist attack and bombing of the UN building in Abuja, Nigeria. Other records in this series include: congratulatory messages to and well wishes for the Secretary-General upon his election and re-election to the post from colleagues, governments and the general public; holiday messages; honours and titles offered to the Secretary-General by universities and organizations; and thank you notes for gifts given to the Secretary-General. Processing Archivist: Virginia Pastor Volume: 9 boxes"

S-1944 · Series · 2005 - 2015
Part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

"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"

S-1893 · Series · 2004 - 2012
Part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

"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"

S-1943 · Series · 2003 - 2016
Part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

"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"

S-1898 · Series · 2003 - 2006
Part of Secretary-General Kofi Annan (1997-2006)

Series 1898 consists of records documenting the meetings of the Deputy Secretary-General. Louise Frechette was appointed Deputy Secretary-General in April 1997 and concluded her tenure in April 2006.

The meeting files consist of 23 boxes of records and span from the beginning of her term until the end of March 2006, shortly before her departure. In addition there are talking points, briefing notes and profiles of some well known attendees such as Dr. Angela Merkel who then was the Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and Prime Minister Tony Blair. The files mainly contain correspondence in the form of memos and emails, travel itineraries, attendance rosters and general background on meetings. The meetings concern a variety of subjects such as Recognition for UN Purposes of Same-Sex marriage (2003); Politics and Humanitarianism and the Senior Management Group which includes the Security-General Statement on Iraq (2003) and the Policy Group on Iraq (2004). Also included are records of Security Council Meetings, draft summaries of General Assembly Meetings and the G8 Summit; the files for the Steering Group on Iraq contain Volumes 1 and 2 of reports on the aftermath of the US Invasion and include information about the United Nations Headquarters Crisis Response to the 19 August 2003 Attack on the UN Office in Baghdad. There is also information about humanitarian relief in response to the tsunami disaster in Asia and Africa and the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Other files pertain to formal and informal luncheons and meetings on a wide variety of topics such as the democratic transition process in Haiti (2005) and the countries who are contributing peacekeeping operations associated with the crisis in East Timor (2004). Other meetings concern allegations of bribery in the Oil-for-Food Program; holding a free and fair election in Afghanistan (2004); the 60th anniversary of the United Nations; implementation of the Millennium Declaration (2004 and 2005) and the strategy for UN action on Darfur.

In addition, S-1898 includes press releases and interviews for the Security-General and Ms. Frechette by outside organizations such as the Brookings Institution. One press release announces the appointment of Rachel N. Mayanja as Special Advisor on Gender issues and the Advancement of Women. The files also contain information on the preparation for internal investigations and audits like the Volcker Report (2005). These files comprise of a large number of strictly confidential records such as CV’s, financial and contact information -- the CV’s are included in background information for proposed candidates for positions such as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

Volume: 23 boxes

Name of Processing Archivist(s): Emily Legutko, John Joseph

Series contains investigation reports and related documents of the UNIKOM Security & Safety Section (SSS) for the year 2003 only. Reports are grouped by subject (stolen items, traffic accidents, miscellaneous), and by SSS case number therein. A general file, appearing at the beginning of the series, consists chiefly of miscellaneous correspondences regarding certain incidents.

Title based on series contents.

S-1118 · Series · 2001 - 2004
Part of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) (1999-2005)

S-1118 contains the records of the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Governance and Stabilization. Records consist of minutes of meetings with the heads of United Nations agencies, progress reports produced by the National Recovery Committee (NRC), Memoranda of Understanding, and press releases, reports, and correspondence regarding the meetings of the Development Partnership Committee (DEPAC).

S-1959 · Series · 1999 - 2017
Part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

"The records in S-1959 document the coordination of work between the Executive Office of the Secretary General (EOSG) and the United Nations System from 2011 through 2016. In 2011, a new records classification scheme was implemented by the EOSG and records were organized according to the following 30 functions described below. The vast majority of EOSG records from 2011 through 2016 are found in this series. For records from 2007 through 2010 see the other eight series in subfonds AG-069-003 which are arranged thematically. Administration of Executive Office of the Secretary-General (ADM) Administrative records of the EOSG contain official notes, correspondence, concept notes, and memoranda regarding the delegation of responsibilities; travel authorizations; planning of meetings; and the coordination, implementation and establishment of policies and procedures. In addition, the records address personnel matters, such as job postings, appointments, and promotions. Budget and Finance (BUF) Budget and finance records address the management and implementation of funding, budgets, escrow accounts, trust funds, and audits of the United Nations System for programmes, funds, specialized agencies, and peacekeeping operations. Records disclose information regarding unforeseen and extraordinary expenses; travel expenses; and budgets for appointments and new posts. The records are comprised of memoranda, correspondence, official notes, and draft and final reports. In addition, budget and finance records document the work of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly. The major functions of the ACABQ are to examine and report on the budget submitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly; advise the General Assembly concerning any administrative and budgetary matters referred to it; examine the administrative budgets of the specialized agencies and proposals for financial arrangements with such agencies; and consider and report to the General Assembly regarding auditors' reports of United Nations and specialized agencies accounts. Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) Children and armed conflict records document monitoring, reporting, and coordination and partnerships with the EOSG; Member States; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); the Security Council Working Group on Children in Armed Conflict; and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Armed Conflict (OSRSG/CAAC). The OSRSG/CAAC seeks to end the killing, torture, and abduction of children as well as attacks on schools and hospitals and the denial of humanitarian access to children in need. The records focus primarily on countries such as Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and contain official notes; correspondence; memoranda; draft and final reports of the Secretary-General; Global Horizontal Notes; recommendations from the Security Council Working Group on Children in Armed Conflict; and mission update notes and reports from the SRSG/CAAC. Communications and Public Information (COM) Communications and public information records are mostly comprised of invitations to the Secretary-General from internal and external entities requesting his attendance to deliver speeches, remarks, introductory/closing statements, or provide video messages at commemorative events; global conferences and meetings; award ceremonies; and inaugural events. Invitations from external entities include Member States; NGOs; intergovernmental organizations (IGOs); and civil, religious, private, and academic institutions. These records generally include responses from the Secretary-General, as well as written messages delivered by a representative on his behalf. A portion of these invitations were addressed to the Deputy-Secretary General or the Chef de Cabinet. These records also contain correspondence and memoranda from the following entities providing support and coordination to the Secretary-General: Department of Public Information (DPI); Speechwriting Unit; and the Scheduling Unit. The records also document the United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors programmes, including correspondence and official notes between the Secretary-General, Chef de Cabinet, and DPI, nominating individuals to those positions. United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. The Secretary-General appoints the Messengers of Peace, while Goodwill Ambassadors are designated by the heads of United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies. In addition, the records contain weekly press reviews produced by the News and Media Division of DPI. These records generally contain an official note to the Secretary-General from a DPI officer highlighting key points from the weekly press review. Conference Management (CFR) Conference management records detail administrative matters relating to the planning of conferences and sessions of the General Assembly. The records contain correspondence regarding General Assembly delegations; requests for meetings with the Secretary-General; nomination of candidates; and accreditation of delegates. Other records include requests for conference services; arrangements for appointing representatives to meet on behalf of the Secretary-General; meeting summaries; procedures for circulating documents to the General Assembly and the Security Council; and contain submission guidelines. In addition, there are reports regarding the management of documentation throughout the United Nations System. Crisis Management (CRM) Crisis management records document the efforts of the United Nations to address man-made and natural disasters, including economic crises and earthquakes. The records contain meeting notes, agendas, and updates of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC); official update notes; invitations from the Secretary-General to events and conferences including the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction; letters of appreciation; requests for assistance; and draft reports of the Secretary-General on the "International Strategy for Disaster Reduction." Development (DEV) Development records primarily chronicle efforts of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Post-2015 Agenda; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; as well as initiatives such as Global Compact; Global Pulse; Sport for Development and Peace; and others related to water, sanitation, migration, wildlife, and youth. These records include official update notes to the Secretary-General; memoranda regarding the preparation and planning of meetings; meeting summaries; updates and annual reports from Resident Coordinator/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative; and talking points of the Secretary-General. Correspondence includes letters of support and contributions from Member States and external entities, including private businesses. The records also contain meeting invitations to the Secretary-General and his responses. In addition, there are records documenting the planning of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012; letters of support from Member States regarding the outcome of Rio+20; and activities of work as a result of Rio+20. The records also document development in the African region through official notes, correspondence, and memoranda including the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Sudan and South Sudan; review of the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme (TYPCBP) for the African Union; and the African transformative agenda. Disarmament (DIS) Disarmament records document the work of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and coordination and partnership with the EOSG and the United Nations System. UNODA provides substantive and organizational support for norm-setting in the area of disarmament through the work of the General Assembly and its First Committee; the Disarmament Commission; the Conference on Disarmament; and the Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Disarmament records document the Secretary-General and his staff's participation in global conferences, summits, and committee meetings. These records include invitations; planning notes; logistical travel information; official update notes; background material; delegation compositions for trips; and conference summaries. The records also include correspondence between the Secretary-General and United Nations officials providing representation on his behalf; letters of gratitude for attending events or participating in panels; and letters from the Secretary-General to the Security Council forwarding updates and reports. In addition, records include summaries and correspondence documenting the sessions of the Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC). Beginning in 2013, the Syrian Arab Republic became a focus region for disarmament affairs particularly concerning the inquiry into the use of chemical weapons. United Nations Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) imposed on Syria responsibilities and a timeline for the destruction of its chemical weapons and chemical weapons production facilities. Records from 2013 to 2016 reflect the measures taken by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Mission in Syria and include final mission and progress reports; Security Council resolutions; correspondence; and official update notes. The records also contain reports and correspondence from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In addition, there are records documenting efforts to encourage a peaceful nuclear programme in Iran; efforts to halt North Korea's long-range missile testing and nuclear programme; and the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its ratification by Member States. Environment and Climate Change (ECC) Environment and Climate Change records pertain to the efforts and actions taken by the United Nations System and the wider community to combat climate change. The records include invitations to and from the Secretary-General to attend conferences, forums, summits, or panels, including the high-level signing of the Paris Agreement, 22 April 2016. Additional correspondence includes requests for meetings; letters of support; letters of gratitude; and petitions. There are also official notes providing meeting summaries and updates to the Secretary-General on the progress made by Member States in adapting greener sources of energy; the regulation of greenhouse emissions; and financing of environmental causes. External Relations (EXR) External relations records document interactions between the EOSG; the United Nations Permanent Missions; United Nations Permanent Observers; politicians; NGOs; IGOs; civil, religious, private, and academic institutions; and the general public. The records consist primarily of correspondence and detail issues such as human rights abuses, humanitarian needs, and natural disasters; military activities; and recommendations and actions taken regarding conflict resolution. The records also contain requests and petitions addressed to the Secretary-General for the support of the United Nations regarding policies, projects, and requests for assistance in the dissemination of information on issues and abuses. The records also contain correspondence conveying well-wishes, holiday wishes, appreciations, congratulations, and invitations. In addition, there are letters of condolence from the Secretary-General addressed to United Nations Permanent Missions, United Nations Permanent Observers, and Heads of State after the death of an individual or catastrophic event. Facilities Management and Capital Improvements (FAM) Facilities management and capital improvement records pertain to the enhancements on buildings and structures of the United Nations. Most notably, the records document the Capital Master Plan (CMP), a six-year renovation project beginning in 2008 to bring the United Nations compound into the twenty-first century, with goals to produce a safer, more modern, and more energy-efficient Headquarters complex for delegates, staff and visitors. These records contain building plans; progress reports; and correspondence from delegations. Finance (FIN) Finance records include the Weekly Report on the Financial Situation of the United Nations; financial statements for the United Nations escrow account established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1958 (2010); annual financial statements of the United Nations peacekeeping operations; and official notes to the Chef de Cabinet regarding banking services for certain Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The records also contain correspondence from the Secretary-General to Member States requesting funding for tribunals such as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon; United Nations refugee programmes, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and humanitarian aid. In addition, records document the work of the Committee on Contributions through correspondence, memoranda, and reports. Health (HEA) The majority of health records contain memoranda, correspondence, official notes, and reports that document the work of the EOSG and the United Nations System regarding health initiatives. Health initiatives include: the Movement for Scaling up Nutrition (SUN), Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the Global Action Framework for TB, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1998 and 2015, respectively; and an initiative to help eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, launched in 2012. In addition, records reflect United Nations work regarding the health of women and children, such as Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), a global movement, launched during the Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments; multilaterals; the private sector; and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world. The health records also document the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), established on 19 September 2014. UNMEER was set up as a temporary measure to meet immediate needs related to the unprecedented fight against Ebola. These records include update notes; funding documentation; contributions from Member States; and staffing strategies. Other health epidemics such as polio, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria are documented in the records through correspondence from Member States; reports and update notes; and outcome documentation and background material from conferences, meetings, and health related committees. In addition, the records pertain to annual international observances relating to health as proclaimed by the General Assembly, which include World Water Day (22 March); the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June); and World AIDS Day (1 December). Human Resources and Management (HRM) Human resources and management records deal with United Nations personnel matters, including appointments of United Nations staff and resident coordinators; internal disputes and disciplinary matters; staff complaints; classification of new and existing posts; legal opinions; and staff reform. The documents contain personnel records such as employment history forms and applications; terms of reference; nominations; letters of recommendation; letters of resignation and retirement; condolence letters from the Secretary-General to staff's next of kin; congratulatory messages and acknowledgements from the Secretary-General; travel authorization requests; requests to the Ethics Office to accept awards, honours, appointments, and other outside activities; petitions from staff members addressing complaints; and correspondence and official notes between the EOSG, United Nations Staff Union, or the Staff Management Committee. In addition, there are records that document the work of the United Nations Internal Justice System that handles internal disputes and disciplinary matters. These records include official notes, correspondence, and memoranda regarding the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) and the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT); and drafts of reports of the Secretary-General on the administration of justice. Human Rights (HRT) Human rights records document the efforts of the Secretary-General, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Human Rights Council and other bodies within the United Nations System in promoting and strengthening respect for human rights throughout the world. The records include correspondence from Member States addressing concerns, reporting human rights violations, and requesting funding; correspondence and petitions from the public addressed to the Secretary-General highlighting various human rights violations and requesting the intervention of the United Nations. There are also reports, memoranda, correspondence and official notes regarding investigations of human rights violations; monitoring states' compliance with international human rights treaties; and updating the Secretary-General on recent developments. Topics in these records include: refugees fleeing the Middle East and Africa to resettle in Europe; violence in the Republic of South Sudan; and human rights abuses in Kashmir. In addition, there are post-mission reports; draft reports to the General Assembly; statements and remarks delivered at Human Rights Council sessions; and meeting summaries of official meetings and visits of the Secretary-General; the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and other representatives of the Secretary-General. Humanitarian Affairs (HUM) Humanitarian affairs records primarily document the coordination of work between the Secretary-General; Deputy Secretary-General, Chef de Cabinet; Director of Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the EOSG; the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); and other entities in the United Nations System. OCHA is responsible for coordinating responses to emergencies through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, whose members include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); World Food Programme (WFP); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); World Health Organization (WHO); and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The records cover a wide range of issues such as climate change; global food security; humanitarian response coordination; human rights; human security; human settlements; impact of sanctions; internally displaced persons; famine; access to clean water; and the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The records include official notes and mission reports sent to the Secretary-General from officers of OCHA and the Director of Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs, providing updates on humanitarian situations in countries such as Syrian Arab Republic, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Niger, Republic of Burundi, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Yemen, and Ukraine; and background information provided to the Secretary-General prior to visits of areas affected by humanitarian crises. There are also petitions from the public requesting the United Nations take action in areas in need of humanitarian relief, mostly concerning the aftermath of natural disasters. In addition, the humanitarian affairs records also contain official notes; updates; correspondence; and memoranda on topics such as sustainable fisheries; the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis; the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS); the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF); impact of nuclear weapons; and updates on the work of the Human Rights Council and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Information Management (INM) The bulk of information management records consist of daily itemized lists documenting incoming correspondence addressed to the Secretary-General or other officials in the EOSG. The lists provide a brief description of the correspondence; the date the correspondence was written and received; the name of the sender; and handwritten notes with recommendations of action to be taken. Correspondence includes political updates; requests for action to address humanitarian issues; responses to requests from the Secretary-General; letters of acknowledgement; invitations; letters of condolence; and thank-you letters. The records also contain official notes, correspondence, memoranda, and progress reports regarding the implementation of Umoja, the Enterprise Resource Planning system, and the work of the Umoja Steering Committee. Additionally, there are records that contain correspondence, memoranda, and official notes between the EOSG and the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS); Permanent Missions to the United Nations; government officials; and researchers addressing access requests to United Nations Archives including requests to declassify files. Internal Relations (INR) Internal relations records pertain to the coordination of work between the EOSG, specialized agencies, programmes, funds, councils, committees, training institutes, offices, and other entities of the United Nations System, specifically, United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG); United Nations at Nairobi (UNON); United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); World Health Organization (WHO); Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNHABITAT); the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM); United Nations International School (UNIS), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); International Organization for Migration (IOM); Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), World Food Programme (WFP); Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA); Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC); United Nations University (UNU); and the University for Peace (UPEACE). These records contain correspondence; official notes; reports of meetings and conferences; and Security Council and General Assembly documents. The records also document the work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The CEB is the longest-standing and highest-level coordination forum of the United Nations System focusing on inter-agency priorities and initiatives while ensuring the independent mandates of the entities in the United Nations System are maintained. Meeting biannually and chaired by the Secretary-General, the CEB is comprised of executive heads of the United Nations System including funds, programmes, and specialized agencies. The CEB carries out its role through three high-level committees: High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP); High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM); and the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). These records contain correspondence; briefing notes; official notes; and invitations. Internal relations records also comprise documents of the Policy Committee (the Committee), a decision-making mechanism of the Secretary-General on key thematic and geographic issues with a transparent and predictable preparatory process. The Committee, established in 2005, is the highest-level internal decision-making body of the United Nations on policy matters, providing a strategic agenda corresponding to the Secretary-General's priorities. The Committee usually meets several times a month and issues signed decisions of the Secretary-General with clear tasks and deadlines. The records include copies of these decisions as well as summary records of discussion. In addition, the records contain talking points of the Secretary-General for Committee meetings; submission papers that provide background information on meeting topics; and resulting recommendations. Legal Affairs (LEG) Legal affairs records document the coordination of work between the EOSG and the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA). OLA provides a unified, central legal service for the Secretariat and organs of the United Nations and contributes to the progressive development and codification of international public and trade law. It also provides advice and support, as appropriate, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and assists the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY); the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR); the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL); the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC); the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL); the International Criminal Court (ICC); as well as the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of OLA. The records contain correspondence, memoranda, and official notes exchanged between the EOSG; the Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and the United Nations Legal Counsel; the Assistant Secretary-General in charge, as well as the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). These records document internal and external investigations; claims; lawsuits; recommendations for the acceptance of awards and honours; requests and assignments of Full Powers for United Nations Officials; recommendations regarding agreements with host-countries and other entities; and legal advice and opinions. In addition, there are records concerning the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations that was responsible for settling, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted by Member States and providing advisory opinions on legal questions referred by United Nations entities. These records contain case updates from the Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and the United Nations Legal Counsel; official notes providing summaries of judgments and advisory opinions on the nominations of judges to be elected to the ICJ from Member States; and correspondence between the Secretary-General and the President of the ICJ. There are also records documenting the ICC, which investigates and tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity when warranted. The records contain official update notes to the Secretary-General on the progress of cases; reports to the prosecutor of the ICC; official court documents, including applications and decisions; and letters of transmittal and court documents sent from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council. These records are also composed of correspondence between the Secretary-General, the President of the ICC, and Member States regarding the nominations, elections, and extensions of judicial appointments. Legal records also document the work of the international tribunals and special courts: ECCC, ICTY, ICTR, SCSL, and STL and contain correspondence between the EOSG, the tribunals or courts, and Member States regarding appointments and extensions of judges and staff; requests for funding; and reports and updates regarding cases. Oversight (OVE) Most oversight records originate from the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), which assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection, and evaluation services. The bulk of records documents the work of the Investigations Division of OIOS and contains reports on assessments and investigations of violations of United Nations staff including peacekeepers, Secretariat personnel, and contractors. These records also contain closure notices for cases that did not have substantial information to warrant further investigation. There are also reports; official notes; correspondence and memoranda documenting the work of the Internal Audit Division of OIOS, which performs risk-based audits to assist management in establishing and strengthening risk management, internal control and governance using a combination of assurance and advisory services. Other records detail the work of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), the independent external oversight body of the United Nations System mandated to conduct system-wide evaluations, inspections, and investigations. These records contain correspondence between the JIU and Secretary-General, as well as transmittal letters of reports from the JIU to the Secretary-General. Oversight records also pertain to the work of the Board of Auditors (BOA), which is responsible for the external audit of United Nations entities or projects, including funds and programmes. The BOA reports its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ). These records primarily contain correspondence between the EOSG and the BOA, with the bulk of the correspondence containing drafts of official notes written on behalf of the Secretary-General for the transmittal of BOA reports. Other records document the Oil-for-Food Programme (OFFP); Senior Managers' Compacts; and the Financial Disclosure Programme. Peacebuilding (PEB) The peacebuilding records document the coordination of work between the EOSG, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The PBC, PBF, and PBSO comprise the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture. The PBC is a key intergovernmental advisory body that supports peacebuilding efforts in countries emerging from conflict. The PBSO assists and supports the PBC with strategic advice and policy guidance; administers the PBF; and serves the Secretary-General in bringing UN entities together to advance their peacebuilding efforts. The PBF is the Secretary-General's Fund and supports activities, actions, programmes and organizations that seek to build a lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict. The records contain correspondence, official notes, and reports exchanged between the Secretary-General; Deputy Secretary-General; Chef de Cabinet; the Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs; and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support; and Member States. The records also document the work of advisory groups, including the Advisory Group of Experts for the 2015 Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture and the Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group. Other records include: funding requests from Member States; responses from the Secretary-General declaring eligibility for support from the PBF; draft reports of the Secretary-General; mission reports; and official update notes and correspondence. Peacekeeping (PKG) Peacekeeping records focus on efforts to stop, prevent, investigate, or prosecute cases of violence through assistance to Member States provided by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the intercession of the Secretary-General and his representatives. The records contain: official notes, memoranda, and correspondence providing the Secretary-General with overviews of recent political and security developments where violence or