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UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1986-1992: Goulding)

Series consists of numbered code, clear, and only cables (incoming and outgoing) regarding the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) supervision of the implementation of the Namibian independence plan. Includes military strength and daily situation reports, drafts of the Namibian constitution, and maps. Subjects include the monitoring of voter registration and elections; the withdrawal of South Africa Defense Forces (SADF); UNTAG relations with the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO); cease-fire violations; and the establishment of a Constituent Assembly. Other subject areas include discriminatory and restrictive legislation; the Angolan peace process; and the release of political prisoners. Correspondents include UNTAG Commander-Designate, Military Component of UNTAG Lt. Gen. Prem Chand; and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Namibia Martti Ahtisaari.

Accession numbers: 93/126, boxes 1-9

Actual series size: 19 boxes


Subject Files - UNTAG

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)
UN. Under-Secretary-General for Department of Peace-keeping Operations (1992-199 : Annan)

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, code cables (incoming and outgoing), meeting minutes, incident reports, maps, United Nations documents, agreements, press releases and daily press briefings regarding the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) supervision of the implementation of the Namibian independence plan. Includes some original correspondence addressed to the Secretary-General from Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and meeting minutes of the Secretary-General's Working Group on Namibia. Bulk of materials date from 1988 to 1990. Subjects include the Namibian election process including registration of voters and election supervisors;and the withdrawal of troops from Namibia, cease-fire violations, and local political parties, including the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO). Other subjects documented include the South African Defence Forces (SADF); KOEVET; the South West African Police (SWAPOL); the war in Angola; contributing countries; political prisoners; refugees; and administrative and military matters including aircraft, force strength, vehicles, personnel and finances. Correspondents include Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Namibia Martti Ahtisaari and Commander-Designate, Military Component of UNTAG Lt. Gen. Prem Chand.

Accession numbers: 1993/141, boxes 1-15; boxes 2-3 missing -- Accident/Casualty/Incident Reports, 14/3/1989-11/10/1989

Actual series size: 21 boxes


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.

Public Information and Communications Management

S-1805 contains records of the Public Information Office (PIO). Records consist of: notes and memoranda for press briefings attended by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG); memoranda sent to the SRSG from the Chief Information Officer (CIO); quarterly reports of the Public Information Office; daily news summaries, which include ONUMOZ-produced updates on mission activities; reports describing the functions of the Public Information Office and its role during the elections; and memoranda describing media projects undertaken during the mission. Also included are records pertaining to the Social Communication Programme, which was a campaign to promote the image of ONUMOZ through the dissemination of its objectives and mission by radio, television, print media and special events.

Secretary-General's Activities

Series includes records pertaining to the Secretary-General's daily agenda of activities. Documented are the Secretary-General's extensive travels during the entirety of his tenure. Trip files consist of official itineraries and program booklets of the Secretary-General's visit; the Secretary-General's briefing books for countries and cities visited; background notes on topics of importance to groups and organizations with whom the Secretary-General met; program material for summits and conferences the Secretary-General participated in; publications of United Nations programmes active in countries and regions visited; lists of persons accompanying the Secretary-General on trips; seating arrangements of formal dinners and meetings the Secretary-General attended; programs of cultural performances attended by the Secretary-General; press releases regarding the Secretary-General's activities while on trips; and records pertaining to air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations and security of the Secretary-General and party while on trips. Trip files also contain code cables exchanged between the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and the Secretary-General and party. Also included in the series are files which pertain to persons and groups that were granted meetings and audiences with the Secretary-General, including heads of state, representatives of organizations and VIPs. Other files in the series pertain to invitations received by the Secretary-General to attend public and private events and to speak at celebrations and commemorations of non-profit or private organizations. Records also identify persons who attended events as representatives of the Secretary-General. Files pertaining to messages include the text of the Secretary-General's messages offered to various groups and organizations for use at public and private events; text of messages published in books or periodicals; and text of the Secretary-General's messages for events and commemorative occasions at United Nations headquarters. Records which pertain to the Secretary-General's daily appointments document persons and groups with whom the Secretary-General met, appointment times and well as places of appointment. Series also contains records pertaining to the meetings of the Senior Management Group, Executive Committee on Peace and Security, Steering Committee on Reform, Communications Group, Policy Coordination Group, Emergency Task Force, Great Lakes Task Force and Kosovo Task Force. Records consist of correspondence, briefing books, programs, invitations, speeches, code cables and faxes.


Series contains correspondence, notes of meetings, memoranda, press releases, General Assembly announcements and agendas, and Security Council reports and resolutions documenting admission of new member states to the United Nations.

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