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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.

Gifts - Photograph Albums

Series consists of photo albums, many of which were official gifts from member nations to the Secretary-General during his travels. In addition, there is a small volume of photographs albums which date from the period when U Thant was ambassador of Burma to the United Nations. Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult the archivist. Arranged chronologically.

Locations: Boxes 1 to 14 are shelved at Q323-R011-SU01; boxes 15 to 28 are in SU02; oversized and unboxed albums associated with boxes 1 to 28 are all in SU02.

Office of the Force Commander - Boundary Demarcation Commission

Series documents the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission's (IKBDC) mapping of the Iraq-Kuwait border and implementation of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) along this frontier following the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Subjects covered include land survey, mine clearance, procurement of equipment, engineering, contracting, security, and coordination with UNIKOM. Document types include notes verbales, inter-office memoranda, press releases, minutes of meetings with government authorities, committee on contracts meeting minutes, operations briefs, progress reports, timelines, and newspaper articles. Files arranged chronologically.

Title based on series contents.

Technical Assistance Projects Files - Development Planning Advisory Branch

The series consists of records which deal with the origination, formulation, execution and evaluation of the relevant projects. The types of records include any of the following: proposals, preparatory documentation, agreements, plans of operation and various reports such as progress, technical, mission, evaluation, etc. There are also departmental supporting documents which comprise background data, guidelines, studies, terms of reference and other relevant papers that bear elements further elucidating project activities. The department which is responsible for providing the necessary advisory services and assistance to the governments of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to strengthen their national capacities has been re-organized several times under the following names:
Dept. of Economic Affairs, ca 1946-1954
Dept. of Economic and Social Council, ca 1955
Technical Assistance Administration, ca 1955-1958
Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1955-1978
Office of Technical Co-operation, ca 1967-1977
Dept. of International Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1979-1993
Dept. of Technical Co-operation for Development, ca 1979-1993
United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, ca 1985-1993
Dept. for Policy Co-ordination and Sustainable Development, ca1994-1997
Dept. for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, ca 1994-1997
Dept. for Development Support and Management Services, ca 1994-1997
Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1998 up to present.
To preserve their identity, the records of the various technical assistance projects are maintained according to their provenance, i.e. the actual name of the organizational element which originated the records forms a part of the series title.Accession numbers - 76/181; 77/121; 78/120; 78/122; 78/157; 86/40; 86/76; 86/165; 86/245; 86/247; 87/169; 88/102; 88/260; 89/48; 89/115; 89/159; 89/167; 90/179; 90/180; 90/181; 90/182; 90/187; 91/0122; 92/0013; 92/0014; 92/0045;

Technical Assistance Projects Files - Asia and Pacific Branch

The series consists of records which deal with the origination, formulation, execution and evaluation of the relevant projects. The types of records include any of the following: proposals, preparatory documentation, agreements, plans of operation and various reports such as progress, technical, mission, evaluation, etc. There are also departmental supporting documents which comprise background data, guidelines, studies, terms of reference and other relevant papers that bear elements further elucidating project activities. The department which is responsible for providing the necessary advisory services and assistance to the governments of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to strengthen their national capacities has been re-organized several times under the following names:
Dept. of Economic Affairs, ca 1946-1954
Dept. of Economic and Social Council, ca 1955
Technical Assistance Administration, ca 1955-1958
Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1955-1978
Office of Technical Co-operation, ca 1967-1977
Dept. of International Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1979-1993
Dept. of Technical Co-operation for Development, ca 1979-1993
United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, ca 1985-1993
Dept. for Policy Co-ordination and Sustainable Development, ca1994-1997
Dept. for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, ca 1994-1997
Dept. for Development Support and Management Services, ca 1994-1997
Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1998 up to present.
To preserve their identity, the records of the various technical assistance projects are maintained according to their provenance, i.e. the actual name of the organizational element which originated the records forms a part of the series title.

Technical Assistance Projects Files - Energy Branch

The series consists of records which deal with the origination, formulation, execution and evaluation of the relevant projects. The types of records include any of the following: proposals, preparatory documentation, agreements, plans of operation and various reports such as progress, technical, mission, evaluation, etc. There are also departmental supporting documents which comprise background data, guidelines, studies, terms of reference and other relevant papers that bear elements further elucidating project activities. The department which is responsible for providing the necessary advisory services and assistance to the governments of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to strengthen their national capacities has been re-organized several times under the following names:
Dept. of Economic Affairs, ca 1946-1954
Dept. of Economic and Social Council, ca 1955
Technical Assistance Administration, ca 1955-1958
Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1955-1978
Office of Technical Co-operation, ca 1967-1977
Dept. of International Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1979-1993
Dept. of Technical Co-operation for Development, ca 1979-1993
United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, ca 1985-1993
Dept. for Policy Co-ordination and Sustainable Development, ca1994-1997
Dept. for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, ca 1994-1997
Dept. for Development Support and Management Services, ca 1994-1997
Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, ca 1998 up to present.
To preserve their identity, the records of the various technical assistance projects are maintained according to their provenance, i.e. the actual name of the organizational element which originated the records forms a part of the series title.

Accession numbers - 80/0026; 84/0082; 84/0123; 84/0124; 84/0125; 84/0126; 84/0130; 84/0203; 84/0204; 84/0205; 84/0231; 86/0249; 87/0206; 91/0121; 91/0140; 2001/0187-0001; 2001/0187-0002; 2001/0187-0003; 2001/0187-0004; 2001/0187-0005; 2001/0187-0006; 2001/0187-0007

Coordination, partnership: Partnered project planning, Member States

The records in S-1905 document regional project coordination and partnerships between the Technical Assistance Administration and United Nations Member States. The function of S-1905 is derived from DESA.DEV.018 of the retention schedule of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), dated 21 January 2013.

Included in S-1905 are records of the Office for Latin America (OLA) from the Programme Division of the Technical Assistance Administration (TAA). The OLA was located in Santiago, Chile and coordinated its activities with a branch office in Mexico City that was established in 1956. The TAA’s Programme Division was headquartered in New York.

S-1905 records date primarily from 1956 through 1959 when Mr. Bruno Leuschner served as the Director of the OLA. The Mexico City Office was staffed by Carlos S. Vegega during this period and coordinated technical assistance activities in countries throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

The OLA coordinated projects through the employment of technical experts and consultants. The governments of Latin American countries made requests in consultation with their government ministries to the TAA. After a detailed process to gain approval, requests were funded under the Regular or Expanded Programme and a technical expert was recruited and deployed.

Experts undertook a wide variety of projects in social welfare, economic development and public administration and were tasked with conducting studies, making recommendations, and implementing specific advancements and reforms within the parameters of the project. For example, experts carried out community development among Andean Indians in South America; studies of refrigeration for slaughtered cattle and meat products; economic surveys; studies and recommendations for railroad construction and traction; the development of the pharmaceutical industry, including penicillin manufacturing in Chile, the management of natural resources; deep sea diving and shipwreck salvage operations; low-cost housing; rehabilitation of the physically handicapped; and training in hotel management.

Experts also advised Latin American countries on improving the efficiency of government functions in the fields of public administration, budget and tax administration, and fiscal policy. Some projects focused on updating and negotiating outdated government laws and industry regulations.

The records consist of: job descriptions outlining the project aims and the responsibilities of the technical expert; terms of reference letters sent to experts orienting them to the project once they arrived in the country; telegrams sent and received by the Office for Latin America; and draft legal agreements between the United Nations and governments of Latin American countries soliciting experts for country-specific studies and projects. Memoranda and correspondence document: the recruitment of technical experts; relations between experts and the government, industry professionals and professional organizations; comments on the expert’s progress and final reports; and the funding of projects.

The files also contain progress reports authored by technical experts and submitted to the Office for Latin America. The progress reports describe the objectives of the project; the political, social, economic climate of the country; activities undertaken during the phases of the project. They also cover experts’ tours of remote areas, observations of local populations, and the state of local manufacturing facilities, social service facilities, chemical plants, and mines. In addition, the progress reports served as an opportunity for experts to ask for advice on how to handle an unexpected situation, which would be received by a TAA official and passed along the appropriate channels.

The series also includes technical experts’ final reports of projects, as well as preliminary and draft reports. The final reports include discussions of: the state of a particular industry or professional field; the condition of machinery being used; the quality and type of raw materials; and deficiencies in administration. In addition, final reports provide recommendations such as the adoption or improvement of government laws and regulations, and improvements towards efficiency and productivity for industrial development. Final reports contain tables, graphs, statistics and other supporting data and, depending on the technical assistance offered, may include annexes and appendices of large-scale mechanical, engineering, and architectural designs. Maps and sketches of geographical areas under study are also included as annexes.

At the conclusion of a project, the final reports were required to be approved by the concerned substantive departments. For example, the final report on Chemical Industries in Peru, “Aspects of the Development of the Heavy Chemical Industry in Peru,” would need to be approved by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) and the Bureau of Economic Affairs, Headquarters before it was produced and formally submitted to the Government.

Upon approval final reports were forwarded to United Nations headquarters and presented to the government. Sometimes reports were rejected by the TAA because they did not fall under the experts’ terms of reference in order to be accepted as a final report. Reasons for rejection include: inaccuracies; subjective recommendations; or statements that run against the U.N. policy or would be objectionable to the government.

Comprehensive Programme
S-1905 also contains records of the Office for Latin America’s Comprehensive Programme documenting coordination and management of technical experts’ active or proposed projects for a particular country or region in Latin America. The records primarily consist of project submission forms, correspondence, and job descriptions. These records include correspondence between Mr. Bruno Leuschner, Director of the Office for Latin America, and Mr. Carlos S. Vegega of the Mexico City Office; experts in the field; Resident Representatives; and representatives of governments throughout Latin America.

Correspondence also covers the recruitment of technical experts and the extension of their contracts; the development of project objectives; and the financing of projects. The files also include country requests for technical assistance and annual country-specific evaluations of technical assistance programmes.

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

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.

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