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.
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.