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Office of the Chief Administrative Officer - Registry Files

"Series S-0530 was first created to support a move these archives between UN repositories in 2000. Prior to this move all UNEF I records were found in UN Archives Departmental Archival Group (fonds), DAG-13/3.11 and included sub-series 11.1, Office of the Force Commander; and subseries 11.0.0 Chief Administrative Officer. When S-0530 was created it contained all UNEF I records. Following the move, the series was arranged into the series which are currently under AG-034, namely: S-1778 Office of the Force Commander - Liaison Office Tel Aviv - Non-Registry Files S-1777 Office of the Force Commander - Logistics - Registry Files S-1776 Office of the Force Commander - Military Personnel - Registry Files S-1775 Office of the Force Commander Operations - Non-Registry Files S-1774 Office of the Force Commander and Chief of Staff - Non-Registry Files S-1773 Office of the Chief Administrative Officer - Non-Registry Files S-0530 Office of the Chief Administrative Officer - Registry Files Series S-0530 now only contains the Registry files of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer between 1954 and 1967. It includes correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, manuals and other records covering all aspects of the substantive and administrative work of UNEF I."

Secretary-General's Activities

"The records in S-1943 detail the daily activities of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2007 to 2016. The records are arranged chronologically and contain chronological files; schedules of daily appointments; notes of meetings and telephone conversations; talking points; invitations; messages and requests. The chronological files consist of outgoing correspondence from the Secretary-General from 2007 to 2016. The records address subjects including: climate change, chemical weapons; global health; the crisis in Syria; the Middle East peace process; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; as well as UN peacekeeping operations, such as United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); United Nations Operation in C�te d�Ivoire (UNOCI); United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH); and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Outgoing correspondence is addressed from the Secretary-General to heads of state and government, representatives of Member States, United Nations top echelon, Special Advisers and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General, and the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly. These records include: letters of appointment and extension; condolence letters sent to Member States and next of kin of deceased UN personnel; invitations to representatives of Member States for UN events; thank you letters following trips; and letters of congratulations to newly elected heads of state and government. A small portion of the chronological files contain meeting minutes of the Policy Committee of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), as well as signed decisions of the Secretary-General. S-1943 also contains schedules of daily appointments, which detail the Secretary-General's itinerary for daily meetings; briefings; phone conferences; and events with heads of state and government; high-level officials of governments; top echelon and senior officials of UN offices, departments, agencies and organs; and representatives of organizations. The records also include notes from the Secretary-General's meetings and telephone conversations and provide a list of participants, as well as key points raised; summaries of discussions; and follow-up actions from previous meetings. The series documents talking points created for the Secretary-General's meetings and phone conferences that provide background information on relevant political issues, as well as questions and points to be raised by the Secretary-General. Additionally, the talking points include remarks and speeches delivered at conferences, events and press encounters, including: opening remarks for the meeting with the Geneva Group (December 2013); press encounter with President Shimon Peres of Israel in Jerusalem (16 August 2013); and the Secretary-General's address to the General Assembly in New York (24 September 2013). There is a small portion of talking points prepared for the Secretary-General's bilateral meetings during the 62nd session of the General-Assembly, as well as 4 boxes of talking points prepared for the Secretary-General's trips in 2014. S-1943 contains invitations and requests from 2007 to 2011 and sent to the Secretary-General requesting his attendance at events sponsored by Member States, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and individuals. These records include photocopies and originals of invitations as well as responses issued by the EOSG on behalf of the Secretary-General. The records also document: correspondence arranging UN representation at events the Secretary-General was not able to attend; programmes and concept papers for events; speeches delivered at events by the Secretary-General or his representative; transcripts of video messages; prefaces and introductions to UN-produced publications; correspondence exchanged between the Scheduling Office of the EOSG and event organizers; and requests for bilateral meetings. Accepted and refused invitations are arranged alphabetically and therein chronologically, while invitations issued to representatives of the Secretary-General and requests for video messages, forwards and meetings are arranged chronologically. Events documented in these records include: various model UN conferences; inaugurations of heads of state; the commemoration of Dag Hammarskjold's death (2011); World Refugee Day Nansen Lecture (2011); International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (2010); International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (2009); UN Day Concert (2008); and the 15th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2007). The files in S-1943 also capture daily update notes from the Political Unit of the EOSG documenting international conflicts and political situations. The update notes in S-1943 are the Secretary-General's personal copies and contain his initials, annotations and notes. There are also a small amount of code cables sent to the EOSG with updates from various UN peacekeeping operations, including the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI); Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL); and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Matthew Aull, Audrey Belanger, Aleksandr Gelfand, Corinne O'Connor, Emily Pagano, Virginia Pastor Volume: 159 boxes"

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson's Trips

"S-1944 contains records documenting the official travel of Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson from 2012-2014. The records primarily comprise trip books containing itineraries; programme information; background about the country to be visited; biographical profiles of officials; talking points and speeches. Mr. Eliasson served as Deputy Secretary-General from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2016. Throughout his tenure, he travelled to almost every continent in order to attend conferences and summits, and visited United Nations offices, missions and staff stationed around the world. A variety of topics are addressed in the talking points and speeches, including: peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Mali and Myanmar; the crisis in Syria; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; climate change; and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the post-2015 development agenda. The files document Mr. Eliasson's attendance at the United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB) sessions, the 2013 European Development Days (EDD13) meeting, the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings, and the United Nations Retreat on the 2014 Climate Summit held at the Greentree Estate in New York. Processing Archivist: Virginia Pastor Volume: 10 Boxes"

Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar's Activities (2007-2012)

"The records in S-1941 document the daily activities of Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar and primarily consist of chronological files dating from 2007 to 2012. The records detail the Chef de Cabinet�s responsibilities in serving and assisting the Secretary-General and in establishing general policy; reviewing proposals, statements and policies brought forth for attention and approval of the Secretary-General; and maintaining links with various entities within the United Nations System. The records also capture the exchange of information between members of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) including: the Deputy Secretary-General; Deputy Chef de Cabinet; Director for Political, Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Affairs; Director of Communications and Head of Speechwriting Unit; and Chief of the Scheduling Office. S-1941 contains records approved by the Chef de Cabinet on behalf of the Secretary-General. These include summaries of the Secretary-General�s reports to the Security Council and General Assembly; drafts of statements attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General; correspondence and memoranda sent to heads of state, high-level officials and Permanent Representatives; and correspondence with the Presidents of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as the heads of the Specialised Agencies. Other records include: requests to the Secretary-General for visits and meetings; invitations; daily itemized logs of incoming correspondence; briefing notes; talking points; background information for meetings and phone calls; programmes and lists of delegations for the Secretary-General�s official travel; appointments and nominations of special advisers and top echelon; and minutes from Policy Committee meetings. The records address a variety of subjects including: climate change; human rights initiatives; global health; the crisis in Syria; the Middle East peace process; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and UN peacekeeping operations, such as United Nations�African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). In addition, the chronological files contain documentation about conferences and high-level meetings, including the High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, (8-10 June 2011); High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals in New York, (20-22 September 2010); and United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, (1-12 December 2008). The records contain invitations and thank you letters; planning and background information; and proposed scenarios. A small portion of S-1941 consists of invitations and requests for meetings sent directly to the Chef de Cabinet and Kim Won-soo, Deputy Chef de Cabinet. Processing Archivists: Matthew Aull, Corinne O�Connor, Virginia Pastor Volume: 115 boxes"

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro's Activities

"Series 1893 contains records detailing the daily activities of the Deputy Secretary-General and primarily consists of correspondence, invitations, congratulatory letters and chronological files. Asha-Rose Migiro assumed the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General (ODSG) on 5 February 2007 and concluded her tenure on 1 July 2012. Her chronological files consist of 49 boxes. These records provide a detailed record of Ms. Migiro's work and activities, spanning 2007-2012. The files contain information about the crisis in Syria (2011); the conflict in Sudan; the Egyptian Revolution (2011); the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti (2011); women's rights, particularly violence against women; the HIV/AIDS crisis; Iran's nuclear programme; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; education initiatives; and climate change. There are also records pertaining to meetings of the Policy Committee, Management Committee, Security Council and the Steering Committee. In addition, there are background notes on topics of importance; programme materials for summits and conferences; briefing notes for meetings with commissioners, ministers and government officials; personnel records; planning and strategy documents for current and future UN initiatives, including the Secretary-General's Global Initiative on Education and Umoja ; and copies of notes to the Secretary-General about Ms. Migiro's meetings and travels. The chronological files also contain travel itineraries; copies of Ms. Migiro's speeches; talking points on various topics; and Q & A reference documents. There are occasional reference copies of correspondence between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and various government officials, as well as drafts of letters for the Secretary-General's approval and signature. S-1893 also contains three boxes of congratulatory letters sent to Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro following her appointment as Deputy Secretary-General in February 2007 from world leaders, diplomats and ministers. Ms. Migiro's corresponding thank-you letters are included. In addition, there are six boxes of invitations, dating from 2007-2008, to attend conferences, summits and events, some focused on women's rights, Africa, poverty, climate change and education initiatives. Other invitations are contained in the chronological files. Additional information about the various conferences may be found in Series 1894 (Trips). S-1893 also contains three boxes of records pertaining to the High-Level Event (HLE) on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2008. These records include invitations to Member States, non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and individuals in the private sector. Other records include programmes for the event and partnership events; briefings of planning meetings; and invitations for the related High-Level Meeting on Africa's Development Needs, held on 22 September 2008. Volume: 60 boxes"

Office of the Force Commander - Logistics - Registry Files

"Series includes the Registry files of the Office of the Force Commander, Logistics from 1956 through 1967. These records were originally under UN Archives Departmental Archival Group (fonds), DAG-13/3.11, and subsequently S-0530, but were later arranged into the current series. This series contains Registry files of the Force Commander, Logistics, and includes records related to administration, operations, and regulations and orders."

Intergovernmental Programmes and Initiatives

Series contains records pertaining to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) and to human rights abuses in Cambodia, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Myanmar, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Files which pertain to Cambodia document negotiations between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia to establish a tribunal to try former members of the Khmer Rouge. Files which pertain to Myanmar concern the Secretary-General's good offices mandate in facilitating national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar. Series also documents Mary Robinson's period of appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). Series also contains files on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which concern the trials of individuals accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. ICTR and ICTY files include records pertaining to the appointments of prosecutors and judges to the tribunals and reports of the progress and administration of the tribunals. Also included in the series are files pertaining to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, which include records concerning the recruitment of children for armed conflict and sexual violence committed against children in the following United Nations member states: Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Sudan, Burundi, Uganda, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Colombia. Series also contains records pertaining to the New International Economic Order (NIEO) and the Secretary-General's participation in Group of Eight (G8) Summits. Series documents activities between the United Nations and governments and organizations having observer status, including Switzerland, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Holy See. Records consist of correspondence, statements, notes of meetings, reports, memoranda and code cables.

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.

Military

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.

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