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Bureau of Social Affairs - project files

Records in S-1928 document the coordination of projects between the Bureau of Social Affairs of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The records date from 1948 to 1959 and include minutes and reports of conferences, meetings, and working groups on the subject of migration.

A small amount of records dates prior to the 1955 merger of the Department of Social Affairs and Department of Economic Affairs into DESA. Prior to the existence of DESA, the topic of migration was handled by the Division of Social Welfare, headed by Julia Henderson. In 1955, Henderson became the director of the Bureau of Social Affairs within DESA.

The bulk of the records in S-1928 document the International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Interested in Migration from 1952 to 1959. First conceived in 1948, the goal of the conference was to coordinate efforts between NGOs and the UN to meet the needs of migrants. The Liaison Committee, made up of fifteen members, was responsible for planning future conferences and securing financing. Additionally, working parties were established to discuss and develop reports and resolutions for specific issues in the field of migration. Examples of working parties include: the Working Party on Migrants in Professional Categories; the Working Party on Non-European Migrants; and the Working Party on Simplification and Admissibility. The records include: minutes from conference sessions and planning meetings; minutes and reports of working parties; and correspondence and memoranda exchanged between NGOs, the Liaison Committee, UN agencies, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Bureau of Social Affairs.

S-1928 also includes minutes, reports, correspondence and memoranda of the Technical Working Group on Migration of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC); the Inter-Agency Regional Coordination Committee on Migration in Latin America; and the International Economic Association Round Table on International Migration.

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