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External Relations (2007-2010)

"The records in S-1956 document interactions between the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and Member States; politicians; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); intergovernmental organizations (IGOs); civil, religious, private, and academic institutions; and the general public. The records mostly date from 2007 to 2010 and detail issues, primarily through correspondence, such as the United Nations' response to human rights abuses, humanitarian needs, and natural disasters; involvement in military activities and conflict resolution; political negotiations and matters related to elections; and United Nations' initiatives such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). They frequently document major events and efforts such as the attempts to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia; assistance provided in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti; armed conflict between Russia and Georgia; independence of Kosovo; the crisis in Darfur; and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2011, the EOSG adopted a new records classification scheme that contains records for the remainder of the Secretary-General's term. Records similar to those in S-1956 are also found within S-1959: Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) - Central Files (2011-2016). The records also contain: petitions; press releases; speeches and remarks made by the Secretary-General; reports; reference material; official United Nations documents; official notes; talking points; and internal correspondence and memoranda from the Secretary-General, Chef de Cabinet, and officers from the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). Incoming and outgoing correspondence include invitations to and from the Secretary-General or a member of the EOSG staff to meet with delegates and representatives of Member States and other organizations; and to participate in conferences, seminars, dinners, anniversary celebrations, and other events. They also contain requests for the Secretary-General's support for a wide variety of policies and projects, andfor assistance in dissemination of information on issues and abuses to a wider audience such as advocating the appointment of a Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, and specific requests to assist refugees created by the crises in Darfur and the conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians. In addition, some of the correspondence includes nominations for United Nations posts and endorsements of candidates by independent groups; letters of gratitude to and from the Secretary-General; letters of condolences; requests for financial assistance; congratulatory letters to newly elected or appointed individuals; and mission updates. Frequently documents attached to correspondence include lists of individuals who will attend meetings, their CVs, itineraries, background notes, and talking points. The records also contain a large number of update notes, memoranda, and reports which describe and analyse world events and provide suggestions and recommendations on the action to take; mission progress reports and after-mission reports; progress reports detailing the peace process; implementation of agreements and summaries of meetings and impressions garnered; as well as notes generated from meetings of the Secretary-General and members of the EOSG. Processing Archivist: Virginia Pastor, Alex Gelfand Volume: 116 boxes"

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."

United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) Index of Jurisprudence (IOJ) database

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) Index of Jurisprudence (IOJ) database is a searchable research and document retrieval database containing documentation related to the work of the Commission up to 2002. The Table of Contents listed for the IOJ Main Navigation Screen include: Resolutions of the Security Council; Reports and Recommendations made by the Panels of Commissioners; Summary Records of the Governing Council Sessions; Summaries of Activities (1991-2002); Reports on Articles (16 and 41); Responses to the Reports; Memoranda on Legal Issues; Notes Prepared by the Secretariat for the Governing Council; Secretariat Summaries of the Panel Reports; Working Papers Prepared for the Governing Council; Procedural Orders issued by Panels; as well as Governing Council and UNHQ (New York) Documents including Original Documents from May 1 and 2, 1991. There are also Lists of Documents by Session; Type; and Date. The Main page also includes a primer on using the UNCC Index of Jurisprudence and an Analytical Index.

The database provides cross-referencing capabilities across many different resources. A portion of IOJ records are official documents published by the United Nations; however there is variation between IOJ documents and the official versions. Official and working documents were reformatted in order to facilitate searches throughout the database. Once a search is completed and displayed as reformatted text, often times missing page and paragraph numbers, an official version can be viewed by clicking on the icon marked “Original Document” located at the top of the screen. Most links are functional with the exception of the Decisions of the Governing Council, which are not stored in the database, though they can be retrieved from http://www.uncc.ch. In addition, official UN documents can be retrieved directly from the “List of UNCC Documents by Type” section. All documents are retrievable within several table views found in “Documents by Session, Type, Date, and Original Documents,” and text is searchable within the body of the individual documents.

The “User’s Help Guide,” provided with the IOJ software, explains site and document navigation, search strategies, how to save searches, and how to use the analytical index. Furthermore, the “User’s Help Guide” provides detailed instructions for searching across the database, and points the researcher to special menus applications and functions that allow specific navigation to relevant groupings of documents called “Infobases” by using links within the on-screen documents. The “Analytical Index” provides searches for documents that are categorized by terms such as Expedited Procedures Generally, Evacuation Costs, Expropriation, and Deprivation of Economic Resources.

Office of the Executive Secretary (OES)

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

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"

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."

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"

Secretariat Departments (2007-2010)

"The United Nations Secretariat is one of the main organs of the United Nations and organized along departmental lines, with each department or office having a distinct area of action and responsibility. Offices and departments coordinate with each other to ensure cohesion as they carry out the day-to-day work of the UN in offices and duty stations around the world. At the head of the UN Secretariat is the Secretary-General who resides in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). S-1953 documents the relationship between the EOSG and the departments and offices of the UN Secretariat during the tenure of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The records relate to 23 departments and offices of the UN Secretariat: Office of the Deputy Secretary-General (ODSG); Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); Department of Field Security (DFS); Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM); Department of Management (DM); Department of Political Affairs (DPA); Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); Department of Public Information (DPI); Department of Safety and Security (DSS); Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS); Office of Legal Affairs (OLA); Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT); Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA); Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS); Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG); Office of the Special Representative on the Violence Against Children; Oil-For-Food Programme (OFFP); Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO); United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP); Office at Nairobi (UNON), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The series dates from 2007 to 2010 and is arranged alphabetically by department or office and therein chronologically. The records contain correspondence and memoranda documenting appointments and nominations; updates to the Secretary-General on political situations; departmental updates from Under-Secretary-Generals (USGs); reports produced by Secretariat departments and offices; legal opinions and advice from OLA; invitations and requests for meetings with the Secretary-General; meeting notes and minutes; drafts of invitations sent on behalf of the Secretary-General; drafts of press releases and statements; and reports to the General Assembly and Security Council authored by Secretariat departments and offices and submitted to the EOSG for approval by the Secretary-General. The records of DM contain files on the travel of senior officials; budgets and lists of financial contributions from Member States maintained by the Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts (OPPBA); and correspondence and memoranda documenting the work of the Office of Central Support Services (OCSS) and the Capital Master Plan (CMP). They also include correspondence and memoranda pertaining to appointments and staff recruitment; financial management; and day-to-day operations of the UN Secretariat. Records related to DGACM consist of planning material for sessions and meetings of the General Assembly; requests from Member States for bilateral meetings with the Secretary-General; and daily summaries of the General Debate for the 62nd-65th sessions of the General Assembly. The DPA files contain reports of political missions; updates on international political situations; official correspondence exchanged between the Secretary-General and the Security Council; reports on activities and proceedings of formal meetings, informal consultations and private debates of the Security Council; and project proposals for the Trust Fund for Preventive Action. The DPKO records contain update notes and progress reports for the Secretary-General detailing peacekeeping operations and field missions, including the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), United Nations�African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC). In addition, the records consist of briefings and requests for meetings with Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General, as well as DPKO�s recommendations for the Secretary-General�s September Programme during the General Debate of the General Assembly. S-1953 also contains OIOS reports documenting audits of Secretariat departments, offices and field missions; investigations into staff misconduct; as well as semi-annual reports on the implementation of OIOS recommendations. Other records in the series document the work on UNODA, which contain files on non-proliferation treaties; the use of chemical and biological weapons; as well as resolutions adopted by the Conference on Disarmament and reports on the work of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In addition, there are also records that document the work within the EOSG consisting of draft press statements attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General; decisions and records of discussions of the Senior Management Group (SMG), Management Committee, and Policy Committee; and the first letter of the Secretary-General sent to Heads of State. In 2011, the EOSG adopted a new records classification scheme that contains records for the remainder of the Secretary-General�s term. Records similar to those in S-1953 are also found within S-1959: Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) - Central Files (2011-2016). Processing Archivists: Virginia Pastor Volume: 86 boxes"

Secretary-General Personal

"S-1951 contains records that are personal in nature or that relate to matters of importance to the non-professional obligations of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This series contains correspondence with VIPs and personal friends of the Secretary-General and includes invitations extended to him for cultural events and letters in which people express their views of the United Nations and global issues. The VIP correspondence also includes letters exchanged between the Secretary-General and former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. This series also contains official condolence letters sent by the Secretary-General to relatives and friends of recently deceased persons within the United Nations System; correspondence with Member States on the occasion of the death of persons serving with UN missions and field operations; and letters of condolence sent to heads of state after the occurrence of a natural disaster. In addition, there are also condolence letters related to the 2009 attack of the Bakhtar guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan; the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; and the 2011 terrorist attack and bombing of the UN building in Abuja, Nigeria. Other records in this series include: congratulatory messages to and well wishes for the Secretary-General upon his election and re-election to the post from colleagues, governments and the general public; holiday messages; honours and titles offered to the Secretary-General by universities and organizations; and thank you notes for gifts given to the Secretary-General. Processing Archivist: Virginia Pastor Volume: 9 boxes"

Personnel (2007-2015)

"S-1948 contains personnel records of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). These records include: personnel files of United Nations top echelon staff; recruitment files for senior candidates and senior posts; and memoranda and reports documenting general personnel matters and special issues. The records date from 1978 to 2016, with the bulk dating from 2007-2015. UN top echelon personnel records detail the employment history of Under-Secretary-General (USG) and Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) level posts; as well as Executive Directors; Director-Generals; Executive Secretaries; and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSG). S-1948 also contains personnel files of top echelon from the following UN offices and organs: United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) United National Office in Vienna (UNOV); United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The records of top echelon staff are arranged alphabetically and comprise: contracts and correspondence from the date of hire; letters of appointment; extension of appointments; job descriptions and vacancy announcements; terms of reference; condolence letters; recommendation letters; end of mission reports; financial disclosure forms; press releases; travel arrangements and authorization requests; speaking notes; and audit reports. Other records in S-1948 document the recruitment of senior candidates and senior posts. While senior candidates worked at the USG and ASG levels, senior posts refer to senior professional candidates at the D-1 and D-2 levels. These records include: notes of interview panels; curricula vitae; vacancy announcements; personal history forms; performance reviews; Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) audit reports; as well as recommendation letters and nominations from Member States, organizations and individuals. These files also contain reports and memoranda of the Senior Review Group, an advisory body composed of senior United Nations officials at the USG and ASG levels who review and provide recommendations to the Secretary-General for selections of staff to all positions at the D-2 level. S-1948 also contains records documenting the work of the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS) and the United Nations Staff System College (UNSSC). These records consist of memoranda and reports on management reform in OHRM; recruitment of the UN Ombudsman; and annual reports of UNOMS. A small portion of records pertains to special issues, including the status of women in the UN system and the safety and security of UN personnel through the work of the Department of Safety and Security (DSS). The records consist of memoranda that document: security standards practiced by United Nations missions and field operations; legal protection of UN and associated personnel; and incidents of hostility and violence, such as death threats, kidnappings, physical assault and theft. Processing Archivists: Matthew Aull, Audrey Belanger, Corinne O'Connor, Virginia Pastor Volume: 76 boxes"

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