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Legal issues - 300 series - numbered subject files

Series documents matters of international criminal law and jurisdiction, privileges, immunities and legal status involving host country relations, incidents regarding governments, personnel, copyright protection, and taxation. Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, United Nations official documents, and newspaper clippings. Correspondents include Secretaries-General Dag Hammarskjold and U Thant, Director of United Nations Office in Geneva P. P. Spinelli, Legal Counsel C. A. Stavropoulous, and Assistant Secretary-General for Inter-Agency Affairs I. Kittani, . Arranged in numbered subject categories.

Peacekeeping - Vietnam and Indo-China

Series comprises the documented record of the Secretary-General's involvement in diplomacy on the Vietnam war (1972-1973), and the subsequent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance on the Indo-China peninsula (1975-1981), primarily Kampuchea and Vietnam. Records include copies of agreements, correspondence (including cables and incoming war protest correspondence), discussion papers, press releases, etc. Includes files on the International Conference on Vietnam (Jan. 1973 to Dec. 1974) and on the Cambodian/Kampuchean refugee problem (May 1979 to Apr. 1980). Correspondents include high level UN officials, Henry Kissinger (Secretary of State, USA), and Nguyen Thi Binh (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam). Arranged in two groupings (Vietnam, followed by Indo-China), and therein by topical categories (original order).

Peacekeeping

Series consists of cables, aide-memoires, letters, handwritten notes, drafts, lists, General Assembly documents, General Assembly draft resolutions, General Assembly resolutions, press releases, Security Council documents, reports, speeches, memoranda, and newspaper clippings. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: financing of peace-keeping operations; strengthening of peace-keeping missions; Special Committee on Peace-Keeping Operations; training of peace-keeping forces; positions of the USSR and France on peace-keeping; lists of conflicts needing peace-keeping forces; and issues of command of peace-keeping forces. Correspondents include Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; U Thant, Secretary-General; Brian Urquhart, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; Alexei E. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; General I.J. Rikhye, Military Advisor to the Secretary-General; and M.A. Vellodi, Deputy to the Under-Secretary, Political and Security Council Affairs. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Peacekeeping - Cuba

Series consists of cables, handwritten notes, General Assembly documents, drafts, lists, memoranda, press releases, letters, packing lists, Security Council documents, Security Council draft resolutions, speeches, reports, postcards, newspaper clippings, press statements, translations, and minutes of meetings. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Cuban Missile Crisis; cables and letters from general public urging U Thant and United Nations to intervene in the crisis; Secretary-General's visit to Cuba in October 1962; agricultural aid to Cuba; negotiating Red Cross aid to Cuba; United States blockade of Cuba; and United States government's denial of visas to Cuban United Nations delegates. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; Bruce R. Turner, Controller of the United Nations; Pier P. Spinelli, Director-General of United Nations Office in Geneva; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Deputy Chef de Cabinet; Leopold Boissier, President, International Committee of the Red Cross; Adlai Stevenson, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Carlos M. Lechuga Hevia, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations; Mario Garcia Inchaustegui, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations; Raul Rao, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cuba; Valerian A. Zorin, Permanent Representative of the USSR to the United Nations; Arthur J. Goldberg, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Ricardo Alarcon, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations; Fidel Castro, Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba; and Nikita Kruschev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.6.1

United Nations Observation Mission (UNYOM)

Series consists of agendas, cables, handwritten notes, letters, reports, speeches, translations, drafts, minutes of meetings, press releases, security council resolutions, biographical notes, incident reports, notes on press conferences. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Security Council draft resolutions on Yemen, Ghana and Morocco; UN observation assistance to Yemen; intervention of UAR and Saudi Arabia in Yemen's internal affairs; appointment of Pier P. Spinelli as Secretary-General's Special Representative in Yemen; British air attacks on sites in Yemen; UAR attacks on Saudi Arabia; reviews of newspaper articles on situation in Yemen; meetings between U Thant and representatives of the UAR, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UK; air support for UNYOM; rotation of UNYOM personnel; alleged use of poison gas by UAR; Mutual Defense Pact between UAR and Yemen; UAR-Saudi Arabia Agreement for disengagement; creation of the position of High Commissioner for Human Rights; progress reports of UNYOM commanders. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; Major General Carl Carlsson von Horn, Commander, UNYOM; Colonel Branko Pavlovic, Acting Commander, UNYOM; Mohsin A. Alaini, Permanent Representative from Yemen Arab Republic; Patrick Dean, Permanent Representative from the UK; Ambassador Baroody, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Pharoun, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Fawzi, UAR; B.F. Osorio-Tafall, Resident Representative in the UAR; Abdallah Al Sallal, President, Yemen Arab Republic; N. Fedorenko, Permanent Representative from USSR; Mahmoud Riad, Permanent Representative from UAR; Pier P. Spinelli, Secretary-General's Special Representative in Yem. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.9

Central Registry Files

Series consists of primarily documents the organizing of international conferences and commissions, General Assembly meeting arrangements, personnel hiring, and information/media activities. Records of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations were incorporated in the Temporary London Office Central Registry files comprising this series. Included are records such as correspondence, reports Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Operational Records

Series consists of a small volume of operational files Missions and commissions UN agencies and organs Government affairs Political matters Union of South Africa and miscellaneous files. Includes a few files of correspondence which were returned to the United Nations by Brian Urquhart. Arranged in the preceding categories.

Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies (CDPPP) - project files

Records in S-1925 document the coordination of projects and partnerships between the Development Planning Advisory Services (DPAS) section of the Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies (CDPPP) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations regional economic commissions. The bulk of records dates from 1973 to 1976 and details the planning and placement of long-term advisers to interdisciplinary United Nations Development Advisory Teams (UNDAT) expert posts in developing countries and regions.

S-1925 consists of records from UNDATs in the regions of: the Caribbean, Central Africa, Central America, South East Africa, South America, the South Pacific, and West Africa. Assigned to a group of countries, the UNDATs advised individual governments in overall development planning and facilitated collaboration for multinational projects. Each UNDAT consisted of a team leader and five to eight technical advisers form various fields, including economic and social development planning, financial management, public administration and agriculture.

DPAS and the regional economic commissions, including the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA), and the Economic Commission for Asia and the Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), collaborated to recruit and arrange the placement of experts, conduct periodic reviews of UNDAT activities, and provide comments and recommendations on reports. UNDATs were originally funded from Part V of the regular UN budget and the UN Trust Fund for Development Planning and Projections. In 1976, following a decrease in funding, the responsibilities of the UNDATs were decentralized to the regional economic commissions and the UNDAT programme was dissolved.

Arranged alphabetically by region, the records include job descriptions and terms of reference, meeting minutes, and reports. S-1925 also includes correspondence and memoranda exchanged between DPAS, the regional economic commissions, and UNDAT advisers.
Correspondence and memoranda concern: UNDAT financing, programme development and activities, comments on reports, and the status of UNDAT advisers’ contracts. Reports include monthly activity reports, progress reports and mission reports authored by team leaders and UNDAT advisers.

Regional Commissions Section

Records in S-1937 document the coordination between the Regional Commissions Section of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations regional economic commissions. The Regional Commissions Section served as the liaison between DESA and the United Nations regional economic commissions. The bulk of the records dates from 1963 to 1968 and documents the activities of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). A small portion of the records also concern the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA).

The records in S-1937 were maintained by the Regional Commissions Section of DESA and are arranged alphabetically and therein chronologically. The records include: correspondence and memoranda concerning administrative arrangements for personnel; budget material; and memoranda and newspaper clippings documenting the change in membership status of member states to the regional economic commissions.

The records of ECA and ECAFE document the co-operation and consultation between International Governmental Organizations (IGOs); Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs); Technical Assistance Board (TAB); United Nations Headquarters; and United Nations specialized agencies. The ECA records include the commission’s co-operation and consultation between IGOs such as the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Economic Committee of the League of Arab States, the African Malagasy Union for Economic Co-operation (UAMCE) and the Equatorial Customs Union (UDE); through newspaper clippings, memoranda and correspondence, directives, and reports. S-1937 records also contain annual work programmes and meeting schedules of ECA, ECAFE and ECLA.

S-1937 includes records of the annual sessions of ECA, ECAFE, and ECE. These records consist of: correspondence and memoranda related to planning; press releases and press cables; and drafts of annual reports and related correspondence. For example, at the Sixth Session of ECA held in Addis Ababa from 20 February - 2 March, the following matters were addressed: a five-year review of the Commission’s activities; the work programme for 1964-1965; a situation report on the African Development Bank; a progress report on the creation of an African Common Market; and a joint report of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and ECA on the development of air transport in Africa. Records also document the Twentieth Session of the ECAFE held in Tehran from 2 -17 March 1964 adoption of the resolution on international trade also known as the “Teheran Resolution.” In addition, S-1937 contains press releases that summarize the activities of the sessions, including the adoption of resolutions.

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