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Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim (1972-1981) Series
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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.

Peacekeeping - Vietnam and Indo-China

Series comprises the documented record of the Secretary-General's involvement in diplomacy on the Vietnam war (1972-1973), and the subsequent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance on the Indo-China peninsula (1975-1981), primarily Kampuchea and Vietnam. Records include copies of agreements, correspondence (including cables and incoming war protest correspondence), discussion papers, press releases, etc. Includes files on the International Conference on Vietnam (Jan. 1973 to Dec. 1974) and on the Cambodian/Kampuchean refugee problem (May 1979 to Apr. 1980). Correspondents include high level UN officials, Henry Kissinger (Secretary of State, USA), and Nguyen Thi Binh (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam). Arranged in two groupings (Vietnam, followed by Indo-China), and therein by topical categories (original order).

Peacekeeping - Middle East

Series comprises the documented record of the Secretary-General's involvement in peacekeeping and diplomacy in the region of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinians, and Syria, including the periods of military conflicts and peacemaking successes, during the SG's tenure, 1972-1981. Represented are the following United Nations missions: UNEF II, UNDOF, and UNIFIL (United Nations Emergency Force, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). Records include correspondence, clear and code cables, the Secretary-General's handwritten notes, interview transcripts, maps, press clippings, photographs, etc. Correspondents include heads-of-states of the region and from outside it. Arranged in the following broad categories: personal files, peacekeeping operations and other missions, country files (first the countries of the region, then other countries), Palestinian matters, the peace conferences and treaties, and a variety of miscellaneous topics (e.g. "incidents").
Variations in title: Previously called "Political matters : Middle East".
Source of title: Title based on function and contents

Peacekeeping - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh

Series comprises the documented record of the Secretary-General's involvement in peacekeeping, diplomacy, and humanitarian assistance coordination in the region of India, West Pakistan, and East Pakistan (the latter two subsequently Pakistan and Bangladesh). Represented are the following United Nations missions: UNEPRO, UNROB, and UNROD (United Nations East Pakistan Relief Operation, United Nations Relief Operation in Bangladesh, and United Nations Relief Operation in Dacca). Records include correspondence with the appointed focal point of the humanitarian operations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the participating organizations (UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, and League of Red Cross Societies). Correspondents include numerous senior UN officials and heads-of-state including Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (President of Pakistan), Sheik Mujibur Rahman (Prime Minister of Bangladesh), and Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister of India). Arranged in the following broad categories: general subject files on relief and peacekeeping matters, clear cables, Chronological files (Pakistan files contain correspondence between Bhutto and Gandhi), and United Nations documents on the admission to the United Nations of the new nation of Bangladesh.
Variations in title: Previously called "Political matters : India, Pakistan, Bangladesh"
Source of title: Title based on function and contents

Peacekeeping - Cyprus

Series comprises the documented record of the Secretary-General's involvement in the Cyprus conflicts, both political (including nation building), and military, that is, the activities of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Records include code cables, correspondence, speeches, handwritten notes, and photographs. Organizational aspects of UNFICYP are documented, as are invasion, ceasefire, refugee issues, the coup of the Cyprus National Guard, the death of Presiden Makarios, etc. Correspondents include Turk and Greek UN representatives, as well as other officials and national figures. Arranged in broad categories in the following order (and therein chronologically): "notes for the files", "UNFICYP", "country files", "chronological files", intercommunal talks", "correspondence", UN documents, and miscellaneous records, including clear cables.

Peacekeeping - Africa

Series consists in large part of United Nations official documents pertaining to the Question of Namibia, including the evolving independence of Namibia, but also includes cables, handwritten notes, letters, speeches, etc., which comprise the documented record of the Secretary-General's involvement in the issues of Namibia, South Africa, the Portuguese territories (including the Angolan conflict), and Southern Rhodesia (UN documents only). Correspondents include South African government officials. Arranged in the following broad categories: Question of Namibia, Portuguese territories, and Southern Rhodesia.

Meetings

Series documents confidential meetings held with various heads-of-state and foreign representatives. Records are primarily meeting minutes and other confidential notes. Arranged chronologically.

Emergency and Relief Operations

Series documents interactions of the Secretary-General's office with various UN emergency and relief operations (including refugee work in South-East Asia), development programmes, United Nations Associations, environmental programmes, the United Nations University, UNICEF (including International Year of the Child), as well as population, human rights, trade and disarmament activities.

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