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United Nations -Wide Policy
S-1091 · Series · 1997 - 2006
Part of Secretary-General Kofi Annan (1997-2006)

Series contains records pertaining to the development and implementation of United Nations-wide policy. Files in the series which pertain to the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General consist of reports to the Deputy Secretary-General about United Nations activities, correspondence between the Deputy Secretary-General and senior officials, press material covering the Deputy Secretary-General's activities, text of messages and statements issued by the Deputy Secretary-General, and records documenting communication between the Deputy Secretary-General and the Secretary-General. Also contained in the series are files which pertain to the activities of Under Secretary-General Maurice F. Strong and which regard the Secretary-General's programme for reform and developments in the Korean peninsula. Series also contains agendas and notes of meetings of the Policy Committee of the Strategic Planning Unit (SPU). Files of the Strategic Planning Unit include background notes for the Secretary-General on meetings of the Policy Committee; records regarding decisions made by the Secretary-General with regard to meetings of the Policy Committee; and policy submissions made to the Policy Committee about United Nations strategies for action in the following countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi and Sudan. Series also contains records documenting the admission of countries to the United Nations. Records consist of correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes of meetings, notes to the file, and United Nations press releases.

Chronological Files

Series documents top echelon correspondence on various political, public relations, and related matters. Included is correspondence on the peace process in the Middle East. Records include letters and cables. Correspondents include Secretary-Generals U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, and Under-Secretary for Special Political Affairs Ralph J. Bunche. Arranged chronologically.

The title of S-1885 was drawn from the function series Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration (PKH.DDR) from the “Peacekeeping Headquarters Retention Schedule,” v. 2, August 2011, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS).

S-1885 contains records documenting the administration and coordination of the disarmament, demobilization, and societal reintegration (DDR) of former combatants in peacekeeping host countries.

Records consist of: plans describing the mission’s disarmament and demobilization strategy and process; schedules detailing the stages and implementation of demobilization; summaries of meetings between mission officials and local military leaders about the DDR process; reports describing developments in the DDR process during the mission’s mandate; and briefs on the locations of weapons collection sites.

Several files pertain to the disarmament and demobilization activities of the United Nations Observer Mission in Bougainville (UNOMB), in Papua New Guinea. There are summaries of meetings between UNOMB personnel and political, district, ex-combatant and church leaders about local weapons disposal issues; summaries of meetings of the Peace Process Consultative Committee (PPCC) about collaboration with UNOMB in the disarmament effort; periodic assessments of the weapons disposal process in Bougainville districts; and letters documenting relations between UNOMB and the Me’ekamui Defence Force in the reconciliation and weapons containment process. Also included are memoranda and briefs on a variety of topics related to the DDR process in Bougainville, such as: procedures for weapons storage; local ceremonies for the handover of weapons to UN personnel; technical assistance in weapons disposal provided by New Zealand; and the linking of weapons disposal to economic development on the island. There are also letters about the weapons disposal process, exchanged between the Director of UNOMB and the Commander of the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG).

The title of S-1832 was drawn from the function series PKH.MAT001 from the “Peacekeeping Headquarters Retention Schedule,” v. 2, August 2011, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS).

Records contained in S-1832 document policy, procedure, and best practice relating to DPKO’s administration of peacekeeping missions, and DPKO’s contribution to peacekeeping strategy and response within the United Nations system. Records pertaining to military policy, procedure and best practice in peacekeeping operations have been assigned to S-1828.

Included in S-1832 are records documenting coordination between DPKO and other United Nations departments and agencies regarding the management of peacekeeping operations; summaries of meetings of the DPKO Directors and of the DPKO Senior Management Team; and fact sheets about deployed missions. There are also briefs and draft submissions about DPKO’s collaboration with the General Assembly’s Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. There are also final and draft versions of the Guidelines for Peacekeeping, authored by DPKO in the early 1990s about the history of peacekeeping in the context of the United Nations, and the principles, functions and operational tasks of peacekeeping operations. Dating from 1997 is a draft of the DPKO-authored Survey Mission Manual, which provided guidelines for the collection and analysis of information gathered by UN personnel while conducting field surveys for peacekeeping missions in conflict areas.

S-1832 contains updated and final versions of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for peacekeeping missions dating from 1979 to 2005. There are also directives for Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Heads of Mission (HOM), which describe the HOM’s: authority; relations with parties in conflict, Member States, donors and the media; and reporting responsibilities. The files also contain executive summaries and recommendation reports of Forums of Former Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG). Also present are guidelines issued for civilian personnel employed in peacekeeping missions. There are also memoranda, letters, and briefs outlining regulations for the awarding of medals to United Nations peacekeepers, and noting the significance of the colors of medal ribbons.

Also included in S-1832 are records, about organizational changes within DPKO, primarily dating from the 1990s. These include papers of the DPKO Working Group on Organizational Redesign, proposed organization charts, and briefs on staffing. Several files contain information about the establishment and activities of the following DPKO divisions and offices: the Field Administration and Logistics Division (FALD); the Mission Planning Service; the DPKO Situation Centre; the Medical Support Unit; the Training Unit; the Demining Unit; and the United Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi, Italy. Records include operational concepts of the Situation Centre, maps of the Logistics Base in Brindisi, and guidelines dating from 1993 on medical service in peacekeeping missions.

Information about human resources management policy and procedure in DPKO and in peacekeeping operations is also included in S-1832. Memoranda and correspondence detail a variety of topics, including: recruitment of DPKO personnel; gratis military personnel in DPKO; rotation, discipline, and repatriation of Military Observers and Civilian Police in peacekeeping missions; the deaths of mission personnel; proposed changes to staff regulations and rules; gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping; the advancement of women in DPKO; and other topics.

S-1832 also contains chronological files of the Peacekeeping Best Practices Unit (PBPU); the Policy Analysis and Lessons Learned Unit (PALLU), the Policy and Analysis Unit (PAU), and the Lessons Learned Unit (LLU). The Policy and Analysis Unit was set up within the DPKO in 1993 and served as a think tank to provide in-depth research and analyses of emerging questions related to peacekeeping policy, procedure, and doctrine. The Lessons Learned Unit was set up within the DPKO in 1995 to provide a capacity for in-depth study and analysis of experiences from peacekeeping operations; to draw out lessons that could be applied to on-going and future operations; and to develop an institutional memory for peacekeeping operations. In July 1999 the Policy and Analysis Unit merged with the Lessons Learned Unit to form the Policy Analysis and Lessons Learned Unit. In 2001, the Policy Analysis and Lessons Learned Unit was renamed the Peacekeeping Best Practices Unit.

The chronological files include summaries of weekly meetings of the Lessons Learned Unit; correspondence and itineraries related to trips undertaken by LLU staff to peacekeeping missions to develop lessons learned profiles; briefs on the field coordination of Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG), United Nations Resident Coordinators, and Humanitarian Coordinators; outlines describing the annual programme of work for the Lessons Learned Unit; memoranda on minimum age requirements for United Nations peacekeepers; and briefs on the commemoration of 50 years of United Nations peacekeeping. Additionally, the files hold correspondence, participant lists, itineraries, public addresses, and final reports related to seminars attended or organized by the Lessons Learned Unit.

There are also talking points and briefs prepared by the staff of the Peacekeeping Best Practices Unit (PBPU) for meetings and speaking engagements of the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping. Records also contain comments by PBPU for the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on the Work of the Organization. There are also summaries of meetings held by the Under-Secretary-General with United States government officials, Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, ambassadors, and representatives of United Nations agencies. Meetings topics include promotion and support of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations; strengthening UN relations with regional organizations; United States support for peacekeeping operations; representation of Member States in United Nations peacekeeping operations; preventive action; peace-building strategy; and AIDS and peacekeeping operations. Also included are program agenda and speeches delivered by the Under-Secretary-General at seminars and conferences at non-profit and educational institutions.

Chronological files also include essays and discussion papers on such topics as Security Council decision-making on mission transition and closure; the role of non-state actors, such as transnational corporations and financial institutions, in intra-state conflict; private sector engagement in international peace and security; the reform process of United Nations peace operations; early warning and conflict prevention; harnessing institutional capacity in support of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of former combatants; the impact of armed conflict on children; the impact of armed conflict on women and women’s role in peace-building; gender mainstreaming in peace operations; the protection of civilians in armed conflict; public information as a strategic component in peace operations; the role of peacekeeping in the process of democratization; the security and neutrality of refugee camps; the role of police in peacekeeping operations; and humanitarian assistance in the context of peacekeeping operations.

S-1832 also contains materials related to DPKO seminars and workshops on the role of police in peacekeeping operations attended by representatives of Member States, United Nations agencies, and representatives of regional organizations and non-governmental organizations. These include the Seminar on the Role of Police in Peacekeeping Operations, held in New York on 19-21 March 1998; the (first) Follow-up Workshop on Civilian Police in United Nations Peacekeeping held on 29-30 July 1999; and the Second Follow-up Workshop on Civilian Police in United Nations Peacekeeping, held in New York on 11 August 2000. Records for police seminars and workshops include daily programmes; speeches by the Under-Secretary-General; handwritten notes taken during discussions; correspondence between DPKO and invitees; and statistics on the scope of police activity on peacekeeping operations. Discussion papers and speeches concern such topics as standards for recruitment of police from contributing countries; coordination between Civilian Police and military contingents, and between the police component in the field and DPKO headquarters; the political role of police in peacekeeping; international coordination in assisting judicial, penal, and human rights institutions; policing needs resulting from refugee flows; and the role of police in a follow-on peacekeeping presence.

Also included in S-1832 are summaries of meetings of the Senior Management Group (SMG), established in 1997 by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as a cabinet of senior officers to advise and ensure coordination between all organs of the United Nations. The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations served as a member of the Senior Management Group. Topics covered in meetings include priorities for the Secretary-General and the United Nations; long-term objectives in establishing international peace and security; developments in peacekeeping missions; analyses of statements made at the General Debate meetings of the General Assembly; activities in departments and offices of the Secretariat; fraud and corruption in the United Nations; gender balance and geographical distribution in the United Nations; human rights objectives for the United Nations; the Millennium Development Goals; perceptions of the United Nations among Member States; North-South relations and the United Nations; anti-Americanism in the United Nations; economic development in the Third World; the global fight against terrorism and the events of September 11, 2001; global disarmament; international migration; protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian crises; HIV/AIDS initiatives; global science and technology initiatives; climate change and the environment; and United Nations responses to natural disasters. Records also include annotated agenda; correspondence exchanged between members of the Senior Management Group; background papers; and handwritten notes taken during meetings.

The Senior Management Group was assisted by four executive committees, also established in 1997: the Executive Committee on Peace and Security (ECPS), the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA), the UN Development Group (UNDG), and the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA).

The Executive Committee on Peace and Security (ECPS) functioned within the Secretariat as a policy development and management instrument on issues of peace and security. The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations served as members of the Committee. Records consist of agenda; background briefs and memoranda prepared for ECPS members in advance of meetings; email; papers detailing possible scenarios and proposed United Nations system responses; and meeting summaries.

A sampling of agenda items for ECPS meetings includes conflict in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR); narcotics trafficking in Afghanistan; political, military, and human rights developments in Afghanistan and Central Asia; the crisis and the way forward in the Côte d’Ivoire; the Sudan peace process; peace and security in central Africa; monitoring developments in Nepal, Venezuela, Iraq, and other countries; terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD); the implications of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the post-September 11th international situation; and the prevention of genocide.

Also included are records of the Task Force for the Development of Comprehensive Rule of Law Strategies for Peace Operations, a subsidiary body of the ECPS.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping as well as other DPKO officials served on the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA). Summaries of meetings detail activities of United Nations departments and agencies involved in humanitarian relief operations; humanitarian relief operations in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Sudan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Afghanistan, the Ferghana Valley in Central Asia, Indonesia, Colombia, and other countries; relations between the United Nations and the European Union with respect to development and humanitarian affairs; drought in the Horn of Africa; strengthening the United Nations’ field capacity to address issues concerning refugees and internally displaces persons (IDP); resettlement initiatives; access constraints experienced in the field by United Nations and international agencies; the protection of civilians in armed conflict; the problems of girls and women in conflict situations; and natural disasters. There are also agenda; background papers and briefs; and ECHA proposals for the Secretary-General’s annual priorities.

Administration and Finance
S-1099 · Series · 1958 - 2006
Part of Secretary-General Kofi Annan (1997-2006)

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.

Chief Administrative Officer
Records of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) consist of meeting minutes, summaries, agenda, correspondence, working papers, and other documents. There is correspondence with the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan about allegations of crimes committed by the United Tajik Opposition (UTO); and letters of complaint from the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan about the imprisonment of soldiers by the UTO. Also included is correspondence between the SRSG and the leader of the UTO, Sayid Abdulloh Nuri, about restrictions to freedom of movement of UNMOT personnel by the UTO military. Other correspondence concerns violations of the General Agreement and statements prepared by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UTO about presidential elections.

Other records detail the work of the Contact Group of Guarantor States. These include meeting agenda in the English and Russian languages, minutes, and attendance lists. The meetings were attended by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), ambassadors from neighbouring countries, and members of the Joint Electoral Observation Mission in Tajikistan (JEMOT). The files also contain information about UNMOT observer policy and procedure, about electoral issues, and recommendations for implementing the military protocol stipulated in the General Agreement.

S-1863 also includes: an analysis of amendments to the Tajik constitution by the President of the Committee for National Reconciliation (CNR) and UTO leader Sayid Abdulloh Nuri; proposed timetables for the implementation of the General Agreement; summaries and plenary meetings about the electoral process; and meeting minutes of the CNR’s sub-commissions. There are also files for of the Civil Affairs political and legal sub-commissions. These contain political analyses by the Civil Affairs Officer (CAO).

Electoral Section
Records consist of one folder containing the “Status of Implementation of the General Agreement,” dated 9 April 1999. It documents progress made in relation to the 1997 General Agreement, describes political, military, legal, and humanitarian issues, and includes footnotes explaining the stipulated time-frame for implementation.

Public Information Office (PIO)
The records document the work of the Committee for National Reconciliation (CNR) and originated from the UNMOT Public Information Office. They include: summaries of meetings of CNR political, legal, refugee, and military sub-commissions, proposed amendments to the Constitution of Tajikistan, and an 18 December 1997 letter to the Commander of Russian Border Forces from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Gerd D. Merrem, requesting CNR logistical support to aid the repatriation of UTO military personnel. There is also a Plan of Work that lists directives and deadlines; a press statement about disbanding UTO armed formations, dated 4 September 2012; and resolutions by CNR President Sayid Abdulloh Nuri about constitutional, humanitarian, and military issues.

United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT)
The UNMOT records detail efforts to develop a new constitution. They contain a timetable for the implementation of the General Agreement; and an internal 8 March 1998 discussion paper, prepared by UNMOT’s Legal Section, titled “Approach Towards Constitutional Referendum,” dated 29 April 1998.

United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peace Building (UNTOP)
UNTOP records relating to political affairs feature a 2007 memorandum titled “International Conference on the 10th Anniversary of the Peace Agreement in Tajikistan,” with a description of objectives and activities; and memoranda about conflict prevention. Also included are publications titled: “Conflict Prevention in Central Asia: Peace-Building in Tajikistan” (2006); and a Government of the Republic of Tajikistan “Directory for the Majlisi Oli” (the Parliament of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan).


The title of S-1884 was drawn from the function series that comprise PKH.MIL from the “Peacekeeping Headquarters Retention Schedule,” v. 2, August 2011, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS).

Many of the files in S-1827 originated from the Office of the Military Adviser of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. They encompass the Military Adviser’s chronological files, correspondence files, records related to the Military Adviser’s trips, and subject files. Additional records contained in S-1827 relate to military operations of specific peacekeeping missions.

The chronological files of the Military Adviser date from 1993 to 1998. The Military Adviser served simultaneously as an adviser to the Secretary-General on current, closing, and future peacekeeping missions through the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, and as the director of the Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. During the years covered by the chronological files, the position of the Military Adviser was held by:

Major-General J. Maurice G. Baril of Canada, June 1992 - 23 June 1995
Major-General Franklin E. van Kappen of the Netherlands, 26 June 1995 - 30 June 1998
Lieutenant-General Giulio Fraticelli of Italy, 15 September 1998 - 15 September 2000

The chronological files consist of: analyses, advisory papers, and talking points prepared by the Military Adviser for the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping; military and political briefs prepared for the Military Adviser on trips undertaken to peacekeeping missions; summaries of the Military Adviser’s visits to peacekeeping missions; and summaries of meetings between the Military Adviser and Chiefs of Missions.

The chronological files also include: correspondence, notes for the file, and curricula vitae for the Military Adviser’s selection of senior military and Civilian Police personnel; memoranda providing an overview of the deployment strategy of infantry battalions and military units in specific peacekeeping missions; organization charts of the Force structure for specific peacekeeping missions; briefs, reports, and memoranda about provisions for transport equipment to peacekeeping missions, including armoured personnel carriers (APC), helicopters, and patrol boats; correspondence and memoranda related to the creation of United Nations medals for service in peacekeeping missions; and discussion papers about military leadership in peacekeeping missions.

Also included in the Military Adviser’s chronological files are agenda and programs related to the training of peacekeeping personnel. Training was conducted through the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Training Unit and through the framework of the Member State sponsored United Nations Training Assistance Team (United Nations Training Assistance Teams (UNTAT) programme. Records are included for training events in such areas as: disarmament; mine clearance; the sustainable reintegration of ex-combatants; medical support and civilian training in peacekeeping missions; disaster preparedness in peacekeeping operations, such as for natural disasters, epidemics, terrorist activity, and industrial disaster; the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in international peacekeeping; peacekeeping in Africa; and international conflict resolution and negotiating skills. There are also program plans and correspondence related to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)’s participation in multinational military exercises as observers, advisors, and role players. In addition, there are briefing materials and programmes prepared for meetings between Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) officials and representatives of military training and education institutions in troop contributing countries, including the United States Naval Justice School, the French Joint College of Defence (Collège interarmées de defense of the Ecole Militaire), the South African Army College, the Zimbabwean Staff College, and the National Defence College of Pakistan.

Files on trips undertaken by the Military Adviser to attend meetings and training events, and to undertake familiarization and advising tours of peacekeeping operations, include: programmes and itineraries; country reports on regional political crises; briefs prepared for the Military Adviser on peacekeeping issues; and addresses and slide presentations publicly delivered by the Military Adviser.

Other records in S-1827 cover a wide range of military matters. There are: organization charts for the Office of the Military Adviser; outlines of current activities of the Office of the Military Adviser and of the Planning Division, which was overseen by the Military Adviser; and briefs and memoranda documenting the Military Adviser’s instructions to his staff. There are also statistics for casualties and fatalities of peacekeepers, which note names, nationality, and the cause of death, such as hostile action, accidents, mine explosion, and natural causes. Also included are records related to the appointment of high-level military and police personnel in peacekeeping missions. These include: curricula vitae and biographical summaries of Force Commanders, Chief Military Observers, and Police Commissioners serving in peacekeeping missions; programmes for visits by Force Commanders and Chief Military Observers to Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) headquarters in New York prior to and after deployment; and announcements on the appointments of high-level military personnel to peacekeeping missions. Additionally, there are records relating to named military operations active in peacekeeping mission areas. S-1827 also contains records documenting the geographic and operational layout of a peacekeeping mission’s team sites, weapons verification centres, and soldier quartering areas.

Records related to the United Nations Angola Verification Mission II (UNAVEM II), the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III (UNAVEM III), and the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA) include briefs authored by the Military Adviser about the military situation and recommendations for military action. There are also summaries of visits by Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) officials to Angola detailing: political aspects affecting the peace process, military operational aspects, human rights, the work of the Civilian Police, the quartering of UNITA troops, and demining activities. Memoranda and notes for the file, including some sent to the Under-Secretary-General, cover such topics as: Member States’ contributions to peacekeeping operations in Angola; the streamlining of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III (UNAVEM III) military component; figures on military staff positions; the deployment status of UNAVEM III military units; the problem of mercenaries in Angola; and road access and infrastructure conditions in Angola. Also included are summaries of telephone conversations between United Nations officials and representatives of UNITA; and between United Nations officials and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Alioune Blondin Beye.

Records concerning the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) consist of: briefs on restrictions to Military Observers’ freedom of movement induced by POLISARIO (Popular Front for the Liberation of Sagia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro); notes for the file and proposals about the communications logistics system employed in MINURSO, and on communications requirements for the referendum phase of the implementation plan; road safety standard operation procedures (SOP); and code cables relating to the activities of the Medical Unit. Also included are code cables, memoranda, and briefs on security matters pertaining to United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) personnel located in Tindouf, Algeria, and Laayoune, Western Sahara, which note: security restrictions in Algeria; recommendations for strengthening security arrangements; and directives to personnel in chemical, biological, and nuclear threat environments.

Documents pertaining to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) include: notes for the file on UNAMSIL operations; briefs and maps related to Operation Scimitar and Operation Thunderbolt, and the security situation in Freetown; and a report concerning UNAMSIL’s military strategy which outlines the concept of operations, and provides details on troop composition and the phases of military activities in Sierra Leone.

Additionally, there are chronological files of Colonel Francois Dureau, the Chief of Staff of the Military Adviser, and these relate to the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA). Also present are files documenting his trips to the Central African Republic to advise on military matters in MINURCA. Dureau’s chronological files contain a variety of documents, including email messages, briefing notes on mission operations, and press reviews. They also contain briefs, papers and reports covering diverse topics, including: the intervention of the international community in the crisis in the Central African Republic; the restructuring of the Forces Armées Centrafricaines (FACA) and the formation of the national police; social and economic development in the CAR; the security situation in the country; disarmament and humanitarian assistance initiatives; relations between the CAR and Chad; technical requirements for MINURCA; and United Nations-provided technical support for elections.

Records related to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) consist primarily of briefs and memoranda forwarded to the Military Adviser and his staff about various operational matters, and briefs exchanged between the Military Adviser and the Field Operations Division (FOD), as well as with the Field Administration and Logistics Division (FALD). There are also: briefs on the activities of Human Rights Observers in Rwanda; terms of reference for UNAMIR Liaison Teams, which conducted visits to assist countries in preparation for their participation in the mission; and a report about a Security Assessment Mission to Rwanda undertaken from 17-31 August 1993.

Records relating to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) include: updates for the Security Council about events in Lebanon and in the UNIFIL area of responsibility; briefs and notes for the file on troop contributors’ meetings and on meetings held at Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on rotation, senior staff appointments, the UNIFIL mandate, the deployment of the Lebanese Army in the UNIFIL mission area, and the reduction of UNIFIL strength; remarks made by United Nations officials at troop contributors’ meetings; chronologies of events in UNIFIL’s area of responsibility; and briefs on the supply of armoured personnel carriers (APC) to UNIFIL operations. There are also lists of casualties and fatalities of UNIFIL personnel, with statistics provided on fatalities occurring from 1978 to the early 1990s.

Records on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) consist of: notes to the file about military administrative matters and Member States’ participation in staffing UNDOF; routine reports of inspections carried out by UNDOF on the Alpha and Bravo Sides in the Area of Limitation (AOL), noting the number and type of ceasefire violations observed; and lists of casualties and fatalities among UNDOF personnel, with statistics provided on fatalities occurring from 1978 to the 1990s.

Records relating to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) consist of: summaries of security meetings among UNTSO staff, and definitions of security alert status levels and procedures for assigning levels; security advisories circulated among UNTSO staff noting general restrictions and terrorist threats in Lebanon, and around the Litani River, Israel, West Bank, and Gaza. Also included are drafts of the Security and Evacuation Plan for Israel and the Occupied Territories, which describe: the duties of key individuals responsible for security matters in the event of hostilities, internal disorder, and natural disasters; condition requirements for security phase implementation; and the names, job titles, and locations of current UNTSO staff.

S-1827 also contains records that pertain to the United Nations Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP); these concern UNGOMAP’s observation from 1988 to 1989 of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Included are UNGOMAP plans which outline the Soviet troop withdrawal process. There are also debriefing reports and periodic reports prepared by UNGOMAP military personnel stationed at various locations in Afghanistan, which describe tank, vehicle, and aircraft movement of Soviet troops, and the number of Soviet personnel and vehicles crossing. There are also summaries of meetings between UNGOMAP officials and Soviet military authorities about compliance with the Geneva Accords, signed on 14 April 1988 between Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) acting as guarantors.

Notable documents related to other peacekeeping missions consist of: a study conducted by the Chief Military Observer of the United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL) on the adequacy of the arms inventory presented by the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), featuring tables, figures, and discussion of FMLN arms; reports on the implementation of the Conakry Peace Plan by the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), and briefs on the ECOMOG concept of operations in Sierra Leone; outlines for demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants in Liberia; and assessment reports on medical support operations in missions. Records related to the United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja, and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) include operation orders for the military component and briefs on Close Air Support (CAS) provided to UNTAES by the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR) Fixed Wing Assets. In addition, there are summaries of meetings of the Tripartite Military Integration Committee, which was responsible for developing a national army for Namibia after the country’s independence. Meetings were attended by representatives of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG), the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), and the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF).

S-1070 · Series · 1960 - 2006
Part of United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991)

Series documents the efforts of the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to safeguard the sovereignty of the Cyprus government during a period of armed conflict between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Included are records that document the political and military situation on the island as well as UNFICYP Intercommunal Talks (1971-1982). Records include code cables, letters, press clippings, and photographs. Correspondence via code cable between Turk, Greek, Cypriot and UN officials comprise the bulk of the series. Arranged in the following broad categories: code cables, correspondence, and subject files, which include records that document incidents and episodes.

S-1027 · Series · 1973 - 2006
Part of Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar (1982-1991)

S-1027 documents matters which came to the Secretary-General for action or which are the products of the Secretary-General's work or authority. A large number of files pertain to personnel, candidates for employment positions, competitive examinations and the retirement of personnel, with numerous files concerning individual United Nations personnel. Additional subject files pertain to the Office of Personnel Services, the Advisory Group on Administrative Reform, the United Nations Staff Recreation Council, the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations, the United Nations Child Care Centre, the International Civil Service Commission and the World Association of United Nations Interns and Fellows. Series also includes the files concerning the Secretary-General's annual reports, the United Nations financial crisis and records concerning the Nobel Peace Prize. Series also contains files on various topics and entities including: aged and the elderly; the Secretary-General's annual report; apartheid and racism; atomic radiation; budget; children; diplomatic asylum; disasters and disaster relief; disarmament; languages; protocol; Arts Committee; UN Library; 40th Anniversary; UN in Geneva; UN in Vienna; various internal offices; finance and debt; administrative reform; UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISDI); and Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (DIESA).

S-1095 · Series · 1991 - 2006
Part of Secretary-General Kofi Annan (1997-2006)

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.