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Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim (1972-1981) Series
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Correspondence - Outside Organizations and Individuals

Series consists of correspondence with high profile individuals, public figures and outside organizations, as well as "Protests, petitions, comments" from the general public worldwide. Records include holiday and birthday greetings, thank you notes, condolences, speaking invitations, and invitations to various events. Arranged in two alphabetical sequences followed by miscellaneous files, and finally, the "Protests" etc.

Public Relations and the Press

Series contains press documentation, including the Office/Department of Public Information (DPI) daily press briefings, UN-or-member-nation-related press clippings compiled by DPI, and reviews of the English (and German) language press. Also included is a set of files on United Nations Day planning and communication. Records are primarily official documents and clippings, with some correspondence (the latter relating largely to United Nations Day). Arranged in sets of files, no particular order.

Special Programmes

Series documents the Secretary-General's involvement in a variety of programs and issues, including Apartheid, disasters, narcotic drugs, environment, food programs, hijackings, terrorism, among others. Records include correspondence, memoranda, official documents, etc. Arranged in a general alphabetical file title sequence.

Previous series title: Relations with United Nations special programs

Commissions, Committees, and Conferences

Series documents the liaison of the Secretary-General with international conferences, with a variety of human rights organizations, with the regional economic and social commissions, and with various high level administrative and ad hoc committees. The administrative committees include several bodies of which the Secretary-General was the chairman: the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination, the Committee for Programme and Co-ordination, and the Joint Inspection Unit. Records include correspondence, official documents, press releases, etc. Arranged in the following sequence: conferences and congresses, commissions, and committees.

Subsidiary Bodies

Series documents the liaison of the Secretary-General with the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations and other related bodies: the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations International School (UNIS), the United Nations Institute for Training (UNITAR), the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), the United Nations University (UNU), and the University for Peace. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, speeches, UN documents, etc. Arranged alphabetically by organization, and therein chronologically.

Political

Series is comprised of a small collection of files about several topics, i.e., the Charter, "decolonization", etc. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, press releases, etc. Arranged in topical sections and therein chronologically.

Administrative Files

Series documents the administrative aspects of the Secretary-General's responsibilities. The administrative filing system was arranged into the following broad functional areas: organization, general administration (SG's annual reports, departments, UNOG, meetings, public relations, etc.), buildings, finance and budget, and personnel (staff associations, Soviet and Chinese staff case files, top echelon posts, etc.). Correspondents are primarily senior staff and some member state representatives. Arranged in functional categories; please note that the last boxes of the series had been separated from the filing system so appear out of sequence.
Variations in title: Previously called "Administrative matters"
Source of title: Title based on function (and taken from previous finding aid).

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