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Chief Military Observer
The Chief Military Observer (CMO) was tasked with the command of the Military Division of UNOMIL. The CMO was posted at UNOMIL headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia, and reported directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on matters regarding military operations of the UNOMIL mandate. The post was held by Major General Daniel Ishmael Opande, succeeded in April 1997 by Major General Sikandar Shami.

The records contain incoming and outgoing code cables, exchanged between the CMO and United Nations Headquarters, New York (UN-NY) and between the SRSG and: Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Marrack Goulding; Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bernard Miyet; and Margaret Carey, Africa Specialist with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Topics of the cables pertain to military operations and developments of the mission.

The records also contain operational reports such as reconnaissance reports ordered by the CMO and conducted by Military Observers (MILOBS) and/or Electoral Officers to ascertain viability of establishing a field station; or to obtain data on the population and infrastructure necessary for electoral staff. Daily and weekly situation reports and monthly assessments of main developments sent to the SRSG relay information about developments in military and electoral operations.

There are also summaries of meetings of the inter-agency Ceasefire Violations Committee (CFVC), which was chaired by the CMO. The meeting summaries detail the Committee’s discussion of alleged ceasefire violations. The records also include letters of complaint sent by the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) to the CMO, reporting factions’ allegations of ceasefire violations.

Humanitarian Affairs

Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office (HACO), Demobilization and Reintegration Unit
The Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office (HACO) was established by the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA) to support the Humanitarian Coordinator based in Monrovia. The Humanitarian Coordinator was appointed by the Secretary-General and reported to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia (SRSG). The Office’s Demobilization and Reintegration Unit assisted in coordinating the efforts of United Nations agencies involved in relief and resettlement activities and the provision of assistance to demobilizing soldiers.

The files for the Demobilization and Reintegration Unit include concept papers and plans generated by the Unit, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization concerning disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, lessons learned, child soldiers, the impact of the Liberian conflict on women and children, and health care services for demobilized soldiers.

There are also records of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Task Force, which was comprised of representatives of UNOMIL, United Nations agencies, NGOs, and the Liberian government, as well as donors to the Task Force. The records include terms of reference, working papers, and meeting minutes concerning: demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers; the demobilization process and policies; obtaining and distributing humanitarian aid; and providing education, medical assistance, and food for demobilized soldiers.

Also present are records of the Unit’s Technical Committee, which provided administrative and management assistance to the Unit. These records include memoranda about the time frame of the demobilization process and a glossary created by the Committee to supplement the Unit’s working papers.

In addition, the records contain statistics on demobilized soldiers and site reports concerning the demobilization process, sanitation, water needs, medical operations, and security. Other reports generated by HACO concern faction compliance with the implementation of the Abuja Agreement of 19 August 1995, UNICEF involvement in demobilization of child soldiers, the consequences of intimidation and re-armament of demobilized children, and demobilization activities of interest to foreign dignitaries. There are also memoranda on the demobilization process prepared by the Humanitarian Coordinator for the SRSG, the Senior Humanitarian Officer for the Humanitarian Coordinator, and by HACO staff for the Complex Emergency Division.

Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office (HACO), Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Unit
The Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Unit supported humanitarian work carried out by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations.

The records of the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office consist of reports, meeting summaries, working papers, and memoranda. Included are reports detailing humanitarian assistance projects in Liberia and their policies; quarterly reports concerning the political climate, security, humanitarian advocacy, humanitarian field work, working relationships with partners, and lessons learned; assessment reports about Liberian counties’ humanitarian needs; and a report on internally displaced persons authored by the Refugee Policy Group, dated March 1997. Summaries of meetings with the United Nations Country Team, NGOs, and donors concern humanitarian need assessments, humanitarian projects, the political climate, and security.

Working papers in the files focus on internally displaced persons and the relationship between agencies involved in humanitarian coordination. There are also memoranda concerning the role of HACO and the funding and logistics of humanitarian projects exchanged by the Humanitarian Coordinator; representatives of NGOs, United Nations agencies, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and leaders of warring factions. Additionally, there are: minutes of meetings of the Programme Compliance and Violations Committee, which investigated violations of international standards of conduct, human rights, and principles and protocols for humanitarian operations; and investigation reports of security incidents concerning sporadic fighting, looting, and harassment, as well as restrictions of humanitarian aid workers’ freedom of movement and access to civilian populations.

Records relating to bridging projects, the initial reintegration projects for demobilized soldiers, include terms of reference and minutes of meetings of the Task Force on Bridging Operations. Meeting minutes of the Task Force concern the projects of the agencies and NGOs in attendance. Also present are project proposals and updates; working papers on the transition to the next phase of reintegration; and guidelines for the funding of projects.

Photographs and Records

The United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) was established in 1950 in order to undertake relief and rehabilitation programs in Korea. It ceased operating in 1959, and liquidation was completed in 1960.

Records include registry files, 1950-1960, containing correspondence, memos, reports, and many other types of documents concerning all aspects of the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency; also project files, 1952-1960, containing correspondence, project agreements, lists of required supplies generated by UNKRA's establishment of projects in the areas of food and agriculture, rural resettlement, transportation, communications, education, health, sanitation and welfare, natural resources, housing, technical assistance, and other projects.
Also included are files concerning personnel, finances, and other matters having to do with the administration of UNKRA, 1951-1960, and containing correspondence, legal documents, minutes, accounts, and photographs.
Historical files, 1951-1960, were assembled in order to write a history of UNKRA, and contain examples of the types of documents mentioned, as well as drafts of a history of UNKRA.

It contains PAG-4/3.0, subseries (3.0) Registry Files; (2) Project Files; (3.1) General Administration Non-Registry Files; (3.2) General Administration Photos; (4) Personnel Office Non-Registry Files; (4.1) Finance Office Non-Registry Files; (4.2) Finance Office Ledgers; (5) Historical Files.

Secretary-General Personal

"S-1951 contains records that are personal in nature or that relate to matters of importance to the non-professional obligations of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This series contains correspondence with VIPs and personal friends of the Secretary-General and includes invitations extended to him for cultural events and letters in which people express their views of the United Nations and global issues. The VIP correspondence also includes letters exchanged between the Secretary-General and former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. This series also contains official condolence letters sent by the Secretary-General to relatives and friends of recently deceased persons within the United Nations System; correspondence with Member States on the occasion of the death of persons serving with UN missions and field operations; and letters of condolence sent to heads of state after the occurrence of a natural disaster. In addition, there are also condolence letters related to the 2009 attack of the Bakhtar guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan; the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; and the 2011 terrorist attack and bombing of the UN building in Abuja, Nigeria. Other records in this series include: congratulatory messages to and well wishes for the Secretary-General upon his election and re-election to the post from colleagues, governments and the general public; holiday messages; honours and titles offered to the Secretary-General by universities and organizations; and thank you notes for gifts given to the Secretary-General. Processing Archivist: Virginia Pastor Volume: 9 boxes"

Personnel (2007-2015)

"S-1948 contains personnel records of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). These records include: personnel files of United Nations top echelon staff; recruitment files for senior candidates and senior posts; and memoranda and reports documenting general personnel matters and special issues. The records date from 1978 to 2016, with the bulk dating from 2007-2015. UN top echelon personnel records detail the employment history of Under-Secretary-General (USG) and Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) level posts; as well as Executive Directors; Director-Generals; Executive Secretaries; and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG). S-1948 also contains personnel files of top echelon from the following UN offices and organs: United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) United National Office in Vienna (UNOV); United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The records of top echelon staff are arranged alphabetically and comprise: contracts and correspondence from the date of hire; letters of appointment; extension of appointments; job descriptions and vacancy announcements; terms of reference; condolence letters; recommendation letters; end of mission reports; financial disclosure forms; press releases; travel arrangements and authorization requests; speaking notes; and audit reports. Other records in S-1948 document the recruitment of senior candidates and senior posts. While senior candidates worked at the USG and ASG levels, senior posts refer to senior professional candidates at the D-1 and D-2 levels. These records include: notes of interview panels; curricula vitae; vacancy announcements; personal history forms; performance reviews; Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) audit reports; as well as recommendation letters and nominations from Member States, organizations and individuals. These files also contain reports and memoranda of the Senior Review Group, an advisory body composed of senior United Nations officials at the USG and ASG levels who review and provide recommendations to the Secretary-General for selections of staff to all positions at the D-2 level. S-1948 also contains records documenting the work of the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS) and the United Nations Staff System College (UNSSC). These records consist of memoranda and reports on management reform in OHRM; recruitment of the UN Ombudsman; and annual reports of UNOMS. A small portion of records pertains to special issues, including the status of women in the UN system and the safety and security of UN personnel through the work of the Department of Safety and Security (DSS). The records consist of memoranda that document: security standards practiced by United Nations missions and field operations; legal protection of UN and associated personnel; and incidents of hostility and violence, such as death threats, kidnappings, physical assault and theft. Processing Archivists: Matthew Aull, Audrey Belanger, Corinne O'Connor, Virginia Pastor Volume: 76 boxes"

Subject Files - Jarring/Berendsen

Series consists of correspondence, cables, memoranda, handwritten documents, draft working papers, working papers, draft notes, reports, discussion papers, study papers, statements, meeting notes, journal articles, press releases, bulletins, press clippings, maps, and business cards.

Subjects include but are not limited to the following: staffing of UNMEM; Ambassador Jarring's personal and official travel; diplomatic immunity; Military Working Group on Israeli-Syrian Disengagement; Algerian and Palestinian detainees in Israel; Arab refugees; development fund in Gaza area; plan for Old City-Jerusalem; aircraft hijacking incidents; freedom of passage through Straits of Tiran and Gulf of Aqaba; Israeli withdrawal and occupation by U.N. forces of Sharen-el-Sheikh area; legal and economic effects of Suez Canal closure; Israel's armistice agreement with Arab states; and recommendation by the World Council of Churches.

Correspondents include U.Thant, U.N. Secretary-General; Ralph Bunche, U.N. Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, Special Representative of Secretary-General for the Middle East; Ian E. Berendsen, Principal Political Advisor, UNMEM; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; Joseph E Johnson, President Emeritus, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Convener of the Commission on the Middle East; Professor Roger Fisher, Harvard Law School; Eugene C. Blake, General-Secretary, World Council of Churches.

Subject Files

United Nations India Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM)

Series consists of correspondence, cables, code cables, telegrams, memoranda, handwritten documents, agreements, summaries, instructions, briefings, meeting minutes, daily incident reports, situation reports, press releases, property leases, construction bids, construction quotes, blueprints, drawings, diagrams, maps, map overlays, lists, logs, routing slips, and vouchers. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: administration; personnel; accomodations; finance; security; construction equipment and supplies; maintenance of communications equipment and vehicles; aircraft; medical facilities; UNIPOM and UN Headquarters property survey boards; cease-fire agreements and observance; incidents; complaints; investigations of incidents and complaints; P.O.W.'s; Indian and Pakistan forces; UN Military Observers; UN Good Offices in India; UN Good Offices in Pakistan; services rendered by Pakistan Army;withdrawal of Indian and Pakistan forces; and UN withdrawal team. Correspondents include Lieut. Colonel J.A. Hilliard, Chief of Staff, UNIPOM; Major-General B.F. MacDonald, Chief Officer, UNIPOM; E.G. Moore, Chief Administrative Officer, UNIPOM; George H. Marshall, Chief Administrative Officer, UNIPOM; and General J.N. Chaudhari, Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army.

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