Sub-fonds United Nations Field Operations Service - AG-031-002

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AG-031-002

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United Nations Field Operations Service

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Field Operations Service and Successory Bodies

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Field Operations Service had its source in 1948 with the creation of the United Nations Guard. Over the years, it expanded its functions. Since 1982, the new Office of Field Operational and External Support Activities is responsible for the administrative and logistic support of special missions, peace-keeping operations, relief operation missions and such other field missions as the Secretary-General may decide and, in co-operation with the Department of Public Information, for providing briefing on current developments, especially in the political field, to Information Centres (see ST/SGB/185, 20 January 1982).

On 28 September 1948, the Secretary-General proposed the creation of a United Nations Guard consisting of 800 men, of this, 300 were recruited for duty in 1948 (Document A/656).
It was found essential for a mission to have international protective personnel available 80 "that they could proceed with the necessary confidence and authority to arrange for the free movement of Observers and other personnel in troubled areas" (UN Yearbook 1948-49, Page 419) without using local police or national military.

In 1949, it was decided to install two new units -a United Nations Field Service and a Field Reserve Panel (later renamed to a Panel of Field Observers). The Field service would consist of 300 men. They would be part of the Secretariat. Their main functions would be provision of land and air transport for missions, the maintenance of radio communications with UN mission personnel, premises, supplies, records and archives, maintenance of order during meetings, operations and maintenance of transport equipment and performance of guard duties at Headquarters. On 22 November 1949, the General Assembly passed the resolution that the United Nations Field Service may be established, administratively, it would belong to the Department of Conference and General Services. At this time, Field Service personnel were appointed to operate the radio links in Palestine, Greece and India, and also constituted the Security Force at Government House in Jerusalem.

In 1950, United Nations Field Service, later renamed United Nations Field Operations Service (FOS), became part of the Department of Administrative and Finance services.

In 1952, when it was found impracticable to combine Headquarters security Guards with the Field Service, Field Service and Headquarters force were continued separately (A/CN.l/Rl02). At this time, Field Operations Staff counted between 103 and 119.

In 1954, FOS was transferred out of the Administrative and Finance Services and became part of the Office of General Services (ST/AFS/SGB/97).
On 15 January 1982, the Office for Field Operational and External Support Activities was established as one of the Offices of the Secretary-General (ST/SGB/185). However, on 15 April 1987, OFOESA became Field Operations Division within the Office of General services. The following listing shows the changes of the Organization within the various Field Service bodies, the service Chiefs, (this information was taken from the Telephone Directory in 1948-1986), and the Symbol within the Archival Group.

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Sub-fonds consist of the following Series:
S-1771 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit
S-1770 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - United Nations Truth Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
S-1769 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Institute for Namibia (Lusaka)
S-1768 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Commissioner for Namibia
S-1767 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Council for Namibia
S-1766 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK)
S-1765 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK)
S-1764 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
S-1763 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Committee of 24
S-1762 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Various Committees
S-1761 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Burundi
S-1760 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions Administrative Unit - Apartheid
S-1759 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Centers Administrative Unit - United Nations Information Centres (UNIC)
S-1758 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Centers Administrative Unit - Administrative Reports
S-1757 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
S-1756 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Namibia
S-1755 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Visiting Missions
S-1754 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Spinelli
S-1745 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Country Files - United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
S-1753 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
S-1752 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Mission of the Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic (REPDOM)
S-1751 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Committee of 24, Africa
S-1750 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Council for Southwest Africa
S-1749 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Commission on Human Rights
S-1748 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Apartheid
S-1747 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Aden
S-1746 Missions and Centers Administrative Section - Administrative Files
S-1744 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Involvement in West New Guinea (UNRWI)
S-1743 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
S-1742 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Relief Operations in Dacca (UNROD)
S-1741 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Relief Operations in Dacca (UNROD)
S-1740 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Relief Operations in Bangladesh (UNROB)
S-1739 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - UNREG
S-1738 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations East Pakistan Relief Operations (UNEPRO)
S-1737 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)
S-1736 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)
S-1735 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
S-1734 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO)
S-1733 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Nigeria
S-1732 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
S-1731 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
S-1730 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)
S-1729 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Economic and Social Office in Beirut (UNESOB)
S-1728 Peace Forces Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files
S-1727 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) / United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) Administrative Section - Country Files - UNEF [file contents missing]
S-1726 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) / United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) Administrative Section - Country Files - UNEF [file contents missing]
S-1725 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) / United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) Audit Reports - ONUC
S-1724 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) / United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) Administrative Files - UNEF
S-1723 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) / United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) Audit Reports - ONUC
S-1722 United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) / United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) Audit Reports - UNEF
S-1721 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Country Files - United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)
S-1720 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Country Files - United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC)
S-1719 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Yemen
S-1718 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - West Indies
S-1717 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA)
S-1716 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Somaliland
S-1715 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Geneva
S-1714 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - UNCOM-Cyprus
S-1713 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)
S-1712 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC)
S-1711 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC)
S-1710 Field Service Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Cables
S-1709 Field Service Section - Administrative and Finance Files
S-1708 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Country Files - United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
S-1707 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Country Files - United Nations Military Observer Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL)
S-1706 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Visiting Missions
S-1705 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files
S-1704 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Togo Plebiscite
S-1703 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA)
S-1702 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Suez Canal Operation
S-1701 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Spinally Mission
S-1700 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Advisory Council of Somalia (UNACS)
S-1699 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Commission for Ruanda-Urundi (UNCRU)
S-1698 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
S-1697 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP)
S-1696 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Libya - Tribunal
S-1695 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Military Observer Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL)
S-1694 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Laos
S-1693 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK)
S-1692 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK)
S-1691 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Representative for India and Pakistan (UNRIP)
S-1690 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
S-1689 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
S-1688 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - Various Committees
S-1687 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files - PLEBCAM
S-1686 Missions Administrative Section - Missions and Commissions Administrative Files
S-1685 Missions Administrative Section - Administrative Files
S-0725 Administrative Files of the United Nations Plebiscite Commissioner of the Trust Territory of Togoland Under British Administration (UNPCT)
S-0720 Subject Files of the United Nations Visiting Mission to Trust Territories in East Africa

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