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Secretary-General Kofi Annan (1997-2006) Série organique
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Press matters and public relations

Series contains documents pertaining to United Nations press matters and public relations.
General press matters files consist of documents related to press coverage of the United Nations and the Secretary-General; documents inviting the Secretary-General to write articles or contribute messages and statements; documents regarding articles written by the Secretary-General; documents regarding requests of the Secretary-General for interviews and television appearances; documents regarding political cartoons; and documents pertaining to the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

Files in the series which pertain to United Nations Day (24 October), Human Rights Day, the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1998) and the 60th anniversary of the United Nations (2005) include documents regarding preparations for celebratory events, text of statements made and congratulatory letters and statements sent to the United Nations by member states, organizations and the general public.
Also contained in the series are records pertaining to donations of money made to the United Nations and to books, photographs and other items received as gifts by the Secretary-General and his wife Mrs. Nane Annan. Records consist of press releases, press clippings, daily press briefings, correspondence, cards, notes and faxes.

Issues

Records in the series pertain to trouble spots in the following countries and regions: Afghanistan, Cyprus, East Timor, Kashmir, Korea, the Middle East and Western Sahara. Included in trouble spot files for Afghanistan are records pertaining to the emergence of the Taliban, reconstruction and development of the state, operations of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the status of women. Trouble spot files for East Timor pertain to the transitional administrations governing East Timor before its independence from Indonesia and document Sergio Vieira de Mello's service as United Nations Transitional Administrator (1999-2002). Trouble spot files for Africa include records concerning the resolution of conflict in the African Great Lakes region. Trouble spot files also pertain to ethnic and territorial conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the work of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) in the region. Records in the series also document territorial conflict between Guyana and Venezuela. Also documented in the series are the efforts of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Files associated with the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in August of 1990 concern the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM) and the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). Files in the series which pertain to terrorism include records pertaining to missing persons and the taking of hostages; the Lockerbie air disaster (PANAM 103); and the development of the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. Series also contains records pertaining to the Millennium Summit (2000) and the World Peace Summit (2000) and follow up material pertaining to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (1992). Records consist of correspondence, reports, notes, memoranda, code cables and United Nations press releases.

Administration and Finance

Series consists of records pertaining to administration and finance of the United Nations. Contained in the series are records related to the recruitment of personnel, job applications and records associated with the employment application process. Personnel files also contain records pertaining to current staff of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and current personnel in United Nations offices and departments; reappointment, promotion, status and retirement of personnel; assignment of personnel to missions and United Nations organs; evaluations of employee performance; termination and extension of personnel contracts; and complaints of employees. Personnel files also include letters to of appreciation of service from the Secretary-General. Also contained in the series are files pertaining to the safety and security of international civil servants, which contain records pertaining to security standards practiced by United Nations missions and field operations; legal protection of United Nations and associated personnel; and incidents of hostility and violence enacted against United Nations and associated personnel, such as death threats, kidnappings, physical assault and theft. Files in the series pertaining to the Office of the United Nations Security Coordinator (UNSECOORD) concern the implementation of the United Nations Security Management System and the planning, clearance and assessment of security for United Nations and associated personnel. Files in the series which concern security contain records pertaining to the bombing of the United Nations Office in Baghdad on 19 August 2003 and which document the response of the United Nations to the attack; concern victims of the attack, such as Sergio Vieira de Mello and Nadia Younes; and pertain to United Nations commemorative events held in remembrance of the tragedy. Series also contains records pertaining to the financial crisis of the United Nations, including daily reports of the financial situation of the organization; records concerning the debt of member states and overdue payments received from member states; and documents proposing measures to improve the financial condition of the organization. Records consist of correspondence, resumes, employment application forms, reports, notes, code cables and faxes.

Secretary-General Personal

Series contains records pertaining to the Secretary-General that are personal in nature or that are related to matters of importance in the Secretary-General's non-professional obligations. Included in the series is correspondence with VIPs, personal friends of the Secretary-General and persons who made his acquaintance on official trips and at official public events. VIP correspondence includes invitations extended to the Secretary-General to attend cultural events; documents activities the Secretary-General became involved with or considered which fell outside his obligations as Secretary-General; and contains letters in which people express their views of the United Nations and of global issues. VIP correspondence also includes letters exchanged between the Secretary-General and the Aga Khan family, Brian Urquhart and former Secretaries-General Kurt Waldheim, Javier Perez de Cuellar and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Series also includes official letters of condolence sent by the Secretary-General to relatives and friends of persons within the United Nations system recently deceased; letters sent to ambassadors of member states on the occasion of the death of persons serving with United Nations missions and field operations; and letters of condolence sent to heads of state after the occurrence of a natural disaster. Included in the series are files containing congratulatory messages and well wishes from colleagues, governments and the general public to the Secretary-General upon his election and re-election to the post; upon the Secretary-General's mission to Iraq in 1998, which resulted in the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and Iraq signed 23 February 1998; and upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Also documented are honors and titles offered to the Secretary-General by universities and other institutions and organizations. Records in the series consist of correspondence, notes, greeting cards, faxes, press releases and invitations.

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