Series Secretariat Departments (2007-2010) - S-1953

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S-1953

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Secretariat Departments (2007-2010)

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  • 1988 - 2011 (Creation)

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No. of Boxes: 86

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"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"

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  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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2010/0122-0001, 2010/0122-0002, 2011/0017-0001, 2012/0001-0001, 2012/0164-0001, 2013/0092-0001

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