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United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Advisory Committee Verbatim Minutes

Administrative history The United Nations Advisory Committee on the Congo held its first meeting on 24 August 1960 it was dissolved after 23 April 1963. Chaired by the Secretary-General, with members from Canada, Ceylon, Ethiopia, Federation of Malaya, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United Arab Republic. Immediately after Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's death of 18 September 1961 Mr. Barnes of Liberia served as the chair. Acting Secretary-General U Thant began serving on the 17 November 1961.

Series consists of bound volumes of photostats of the minutes of the Advisory Committee on the Congo, originally the copies of Mr. Labouisse. Arranged in two sets, one in English, one in French, and within each set chronologically.

Conditions of access Series was originally classified confidential now declassified.

Personnel

Series consists of the personnel case files of top echelon staff the responsibility of the Secretary-General. The files served as biographical files as well as administrative files. Records vary widely including correspondence and code cables handwritten notes programs press statements newspaper clippings etc. Arranged alphabetically by case file.

Security Council and Other Organs

Series consists of the Secretary-General's correspondence and other supporting records concerning the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the International Court of Justice. The few files are arranged in the preceding order.

Specialized Agencies

Series contains correspondence (with heads of the organizations), reports, speeches, press releases, etc., relating to the Secretary-General's involvement with the specialized agencies of the United Nations. Arranged alphabetically by name.

Secretariat - Administration and Organization

Series consists of records relating to the position of the Secretary-General, and to a variety of administrative matters such reporting and budgeting, oversight of departments and units, reorganization of the Secretariat, staff matters, building matters, and related. Arranged in two broad categories, the Secretary-General position, then all others, and within these alphabetically by file title.

General Assembly

Series consists of the Secretary-General's General Assembly supporting files, containing correspondence, handwritten notes, minutes of meetings, transcripts of press conferences, a seating chart, etc. Correspondents include the presidents of the General Assembly. Arranged in General Assembly session number order (16th Session through 26th Session), followed by a set of misscellaneous files (e.g., presentation of credentials by Permanent Representatives), and therein chronologically.

Subsidiary Bodies

Series relates to the Secretary-General's involvement with the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations, e.g., the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, etc. Worldwide issues and problems are well documented in this series of records. Included are correspondence, handwritten notes, speeches, minutes of meetings, press releases, etc. Arranged in no particular order.

Commissions, Committees, and Conferences

Series consists of the Secretary-General's files on the commissions, committees and conferences of the period, thus documenting those international issues which became the cause of study and discussion during their period. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, news clippings, and public relations materials. Arranged in no particular order.

Press clippings

Series consists of newspaper clippings, business cards, cables, cartoons, aide-memoires, transcripts of press conferences, memoranda, press releases, letters, handwritten notes, issues of periodicals, news summaries, press statements, translations, reports, Security Council documents, guest lists, and Security Council draft resolutions. Subjects include but are not limited to the following U Thant's appointment as Secretary-General U Thant's successor criticisms of U Thant relationship between the United States and the United Nations political situation in the Congo satellite television Watergate aid to East Pakistani refugees political situation in Israel and the Middle East political situation in Vietnam relations between India and Pakistan China and its potential representation in the United Nations United Nations Yemen Observation Mission political situation in Cambodia political situation in Laos political situation in Burma North Korean seizure of United States Navy ship Pueblo issues of space exploration United Nations reform civil war in Nigeria political situation in Rhodesia hijacking U Thant's travels and visits to countries disarmament U Thant's speeches and activities the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and Jordan, Syria, and Egypt and the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt and Syria. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet Ramses Nassif, Senior Information Officer Norman Ho, Chief, Overseas Briefing Unit, External Relations Division, Office of Public Information Purnendu Basu, Asian, African and Middle Eastern Regional Officer, External Relations Division, Office of Public Information Rene de Branche William C. Powell and George Ivan Smith, Director, United Nations Information Centre, London. Files are arranged by subject and are alphabetical by country or chronological thereunder. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1, 5.2.1.9

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