The records in S-1946 document the activities of the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). The records are organized by incoming, outgoing, and internal correspondence and memoranda. The bulk of records are dated 1991 to 2007, during the tenures of Executive Secretaries Carlos Alzamora (1991-1997), Jean-Claude Aime (1997-2001), and Rolf Knutsson (2001-2007). The function of S-1946 is derived from the Secretary-General’s bulletin: Records of the United Nations Compensation Commission (ST/SGB/2007/10), dated 29 June 2007.
Records containing outgoing correspondence and memoranda were created by the respective Executive Secretaries or by staff members of the OES and sent to various offices and persons throughout the United Nations System as well as to external entities including: the Secretary-General; the Chef de Cabinet; Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General; Department of Political Affairs (DPA); Office of Legal Affairs (OLA); Office of the Programme Planning Budget and Accounts (OPPBA) of the Department of Management (DM); Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS); United Nations Board of Auditors; Permanent Missions of member states; the Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation for Damages resulting from Iraqi Aggression (PAAC); and offices of international organizations that had submitted claims to the UNCC. The correspondence and memoranda pertain to: UNCC budget proposals; responses to the Iraq and Kuwait governments regarding claimants, awards, and governing council decisions; responses to audits conducted by OIOS and reports of the Board of Auditors; comments provided after review of draft reports; updates on the status of processing and payment of claims; and notes regarding the funding required for payment of awards to claimants.
Incoming correspondence and memoranda contain records sent to the Executive Secretary and OES staff members from individual claimants; lawyers representing individual and corporate claimants; Permanent Representatives to the United Nations; PAAC; and other departments, divisions, and offices of the United Nations System. These include requests from claimant nations asking for an extension to file additional claims; appeals regarding decisions made by the UNCC; statements made at Governing Council sessions; protests by the Iraqi delegation over the legality of the UNCC; letters of introduction for newly appointed ambassadors; lists with the names of mission delegates; invitations to conferences, commemorations, and other events held at the UN and elsewhere; audit certificate reports submitted by PAAC that detail successful and unsuccessful payments made to approved claimants; reports of experts and consultants; and staffing authorization.
Internal correspondence and memoranda contain records sent to and from the OES, Governing Council, and the Commissioners. These include meeting minutes of senior management, the Legal Services Branch (LSB), the Committee on Administrative Matters (CAM), and the Committee for Archives, and document security and supply procedures for the UNCC offices in Geneva; archives and records retention policy; and the construction of a claims database. In addition, there are reports authored by UNCC staff and experts investigating environmental claims through site visits to Kuwait, Iran, Jordan, and Syria; reports from site visits to other claimant nations that analyse and document the competency of filing and payment mechanisms; as well as reports documenting instalment payments of D, E, and F claims. The records also detail issues encountered during the processing of claims such as late filing, overpayment, and duplicate claims.
Internal correspondence and memoranda document the administrative management of the UNCC Secretariat and contain information on staff appointments, promotions, and training; invoices submitted by staff members for reimbursement; travel itineraries; background checks; curricula vitae; personnel reviews.; balance sheets with monthly revenues and expenses of the Compensation Fund; and budget planning and requests for upcoming years.
A small portion of S-1946 records contain summary reports apprising the Secretary-General of the progress of the UNCC; notes and briefs from informal meetings and consultations; drafts of budget proposals and amendments; correspondence sent to regular sessions of the Governing Council; and records documenting the task of securing funding for the UNCC before Iraq agreed to contribute to the Compensation Fund through Security Council resolution 705 (1991).
Processing Archivists: Corinne O’Connor, Aleksandr Gelfand
Volume: 45 boxes