Print preview Close

Showing 1616 results

Series
Print preview View:

Executive Offices - Office of the Diplomatic Adviser - Country Files

On 1 January 1944, UNRRA hired a "Political Adviser", in order to "advise on relations with governments and international organizations". On 16 January 1944, the title of this office was changed to "Diplomatic Adviser". The office was under the immediate supervision of the Director-General, its internal organization consisting of, in addition to the Diplomatic Adviser, one or two Assistant Diplomatic Advisers, one or two Assistants to the Diplomatic Adviser, and a Political Analyst. The Diplomatic Adviser's Office had no special representative attached to the European Regional Office.
In brief, the activities of the Office of the Diplomatic Adviser included the following:
To advise the Director-General and other officials in the Administration on all international political questions and negotiations with governments and to assist in the development of a policy in these fields.
To participate in the preparatory stages of the negotiations with governments relative to the initiation of projects and operations in particular countries, to obtain governmental sanction for exploratory or more permanent operating missions of UNRRA and to assist in the framing of agreements and drawing up of formal international instruments.
To follow developments abroad which might affect the operations of UNRRA.
To maintain continual liaison with the foreign diplomatic representatives in Washington and furnish opportunities for the discussion of the whole range of UNRRA's activities, from general questions of policy to innumerable points of detail.
To maintain liaison with the United States Congress and the State Department on such matters as appropriations, immunities and personnel.
To arrange with governments for the proper means of communications, and to draft or initial all important formal notes and telegrams to heads of states, ministers of foreign affairs, and chiefs of Diplomatic Missions in Washington. All correspondence of a political or diplomatic nature had to be cleared through or coordinated by the Diplomatic Adviser's Office.
To extract contributions from non-invaded countries and to assist the Chairman of the UN Committee of UNRRA with the drafting of cables to foreign governments asking them to implement the pertinent Council Resolutions regarding contributions.
To plan and organize Diplomatic UNRRA Missions to contributing member governments, explain the purpose of the mission to the respective diplomatic representatives in Washington, build up support for the Administration and to keep those countries informed of their duties and obligations to UNRRA.
To assist in the recruitment of qualified international personnel and to secure necessary visas and passports for such personnel.
To advise the Office of Public Information in order to clarify for the public the position of UNRRA.

Executive Offices - Office of the Diplomatic Adviser - Subject Files

On 1 January 1944, UNRRA hired a "Political Adviser", in order to "advise on relations with governments and international organizations". On 16 January 1944, the title of this office was changed to "Diplomatic Adviser". The office was under the immediate supervision of the Director-General, its internal organization consisting of, in addition to the Diplomatic Adviser, one or two Assistant Diplomatic Advisers, one or two Assistants to the Diplomatic Adviser, and a Political Analyst. The Diplomatic Adviser's Office had no special representative attached to the European Regional Office.
In brief, the activities of the Office of the Diplomatic Adviser included the following:
To advise the Director-General and other officials in the Administration on all international political questions and negotiations with governments and to assist in the development of a policy in these fields.
To participate in the preparatory stages of the negotiations with governments relative to the initiation of projects and operations in particular countries, to obtain governmental sanction for exploratory or more permanent operating missions of UNRRA and to assist in the framing of agreements and drawing up of formal international instruments.
To follow developments abroad which might affect the operations of UNRRA.
To maintain continual liaison with the foreign diplomatic representatives in Washington and furnish opportunities for the discussion of the whole range of UNRRA's activities, from general questions of policy to innumerable points of detail.
To maintain liaison with the United States Congress and the State Department on such matters as appropriations, immunities and personnel.
To arrange with governments for the proper means of communications, and to draft or initial all important formal notes and telegrams to heads of states, ministers of foreign affairs, and chiefs of Diplomatic Missions in Washington. All correspondence of a political or diplomatic nature had to be cleared through or coordinated by the Diplomatic Adviser's Office.
To extract contributions from non-invaded countries and to assist the Chairman of the UN Committee of UNRRA with the drafting of cables to foreign governments asking them to implement the pertinent Council Resolutions regarding contributions.
To plan and organize Diplomatic UNRRA Missions to contributing member governments, explain the purpose of the mission to the respective diplomatic representatives in Washington, build up support for the Administration and to keep those countries informed of their duties and obligations to UNRRA.
To assist in the recruitment of qualified international personnel and to secure necessary visas and passports for such personnel.
To advise the Office of Public Information in order to clarify for the public the position of UNRRA.

Executive Offices - Office of the Economic Adviser - Country Files

Attached to the Office of the Director-General was a small staff of advisers in special fields, among them the "Financial Adviser". In the summer of 1946 the title of Financial Adviser was changed to "Economic Adviser".
Responsibilities of this Office included the following:
Analyzing and advising on the ability to pay of relief recipient countries.
Keeping informed on the economic and financial developments in recipient countries.
Advising the Administration with respect to the broad policies or the conditions of use of the Administration's financial resources.
Outlining the Administration's policy with respect to the economic and financial aspects of the distribution of supplies in recipient countries.
Advising the Administration concerning the economic sections of other international organizations and performing liaison with such agencies where appropriate.

Executive Offices - Office of the Economic Adviser - Subject Files

Attached to the Office of the Director-General was a small staff of advisers in special fields, among them the "Financial Adviser". In the summer of 1946 the title of Financial Adviser was changed to "Economic Adviser".
Responsibilities of this Office included the following:
Analyzing and advising on the ability to pay of relief recipient countries.
Keeping informed on the economic and financial developments in recipient countries.
Advising the Administration with respect to the broad policies or the conditions of use of the Administration's financial resources.
Outlining the Administration's policy with respect to the economic and financial aspects of the distribution of supplies in recipient countries.
Advising the Administration concerning the economic sections of other international organizations and performing liaison with such agencies where appropriate.

External Relations

Series 1096 consists of delegation files, meeting notes, correspondence, reports and other documents. The records detail meetings and negotiations between the Office of External Relations and governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil, religious and academic institutions, the general public and United Nations Information Centres (UNICs).

The delegation files contain information about a wide variety of issues occurring between 1996 and 2006 including the United Nations’ response to: human rights abuses, humanitarian needs and natural disasters; and involvement in military activities and conflict resolution, political negotiations and matters related to elections, personnel appointments and the security of United Nations personnel. There is correspondence between the Secretary-General and ambassadors, heads of state, government officials and United Nations senior officials, as well as reports prepared for the Secretary-General of permanent missions and resident coordinators. The files also contain documents related to delegations sent by member states: Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Timor-Leste, United States of America and Yugoslavia.

A key set of records in Series 1096 are the meeting notes of Kofi Annan. The notes detail meetings about the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their impact on the work of the United Nations. Several notes focus on issues in the Middle East circa 2002 and 2003 including a meeting with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC) attended by UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and with Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri, about Israel’s occupation of lands considered to be Lebanese. Other meetings addressed natural disasters, such as the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and South Asian Earthquake, and were attended by Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Meetings concerning gender equality are featured prominently, often involving discussions with Rachel Mayanja, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women.

Other files contain correspondence and reports of meetings between the Secretary-General and representatives of religious institutions about religious violence, religious ceremonies and events held in connection with the activities of the United Nations. Several files contain invitations for the Secretary-General to speak or attend events at educational institutions. Some of the records describe projects and collaborative efforts between the United Nations and educational institutions. In addition, the files contain correspondence from the general public contains opinions expressed about the work of the United Nations, suggestions for United Nations activities, reactions to specific decisions made by the Secretary-General, requests for autographs, well-wishes, as well as personal endorsements from the Secretary-General.

External Relations

Series documents United Nations external relations with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil, religious and academic institutions, the general public and United Nations Information Centres (UNICs). Records documenting relations with governments include talking points (summaries informing the Secretary-General of events of current import to government representatives and individuals). Delegations files include records that document within member countries United Nations involvement in the following: human rights abuses and humanitarian needs, military activities and conflict resolution, political negotiation and matters related to elections, position appointments, security of United Nations personnel and natural disasters. Records include correspondence between the Secretary-General and ambassadors, heads of state and government officials as well as reports to the Secretary-General of permanent, fact-finding and exploratory missions. Of particular interest in delegations files are records pertaining to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict; peace talks between the government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca; the Governors Island Agreement between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti and General Raoul Cedras; and events in El Salvador, including the Peace Agreement (1992) signed between the government of El Salvador and the Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN). Records documenting relations between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations include correspondence and reports of meetings with the Secretary-General. Records documenting relations between the United Nations and religious institutions include correspondence regarding matters of mutual interest, acts of religious violence and material related to religious ceremonies and events held in connection to the activities of the United Nations. Records pertaining to academic institutions include invitations for the Secretary-General to speak or attend events at educational institutions as well as material describing projects and collaborative efforts between the United Nations and educational institutions. Correspondence from the general public documents opinions expressed about the work of the United Nations, suggestions for United Nations activities, reaction toward specific decisions made by the Secretary-General, requests for autographs and requests for legal assistance involving extraordinary circumstances. A significant number of files consisting of correspondence and petitions addressed to the Secretary-General are in Arabic. Series includes correspondence, reports, press releases, press clippings, memoranda, minutes of meetings, code cables and cryptofaxes.

Results 481 to 490 of 1616