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Fonds United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) - AG-020

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AG-020

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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991)

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  • 1904 - 2006 (Creation)

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Size/Number of Items/Parts: 1274 boxes, No. of Boxes: 1274

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UN. Office for Special Political Affairs

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Up to the late 1980s, peacekeeping missions were operated by six officials in the United Nations Office of Special Political Affairs. This office was created by Dag Hammarskjöld in response to the Cold War stalemates occurring in the Secretariat. Originally, the office had both an American and a Soviet official as equals. They took on projects that were not specifically under the mandate of the Secretariat, like conflict control. For the first three years (1955-1957), the office was referred to as the Office of Under-Secretaries without Department. The first Under-Secretaries-General were Ralph J. Bunche (1955-1970) and Ilya S. Tchernychev (1955-1956), followed by Anatoly F. Dobrynin (1957), Sir Humphery Trevelyan (1958), C.V. Narasimhan (1959-1961), Omar Loutfi (1962), Dragoslav Protitch (1963-1964), Jose Rolz-Bennett (1965-1970), Roberto E. Guyer (1971-1978), Brian E. Urquhart (1972-1985) (see also AG-023), Javier Perez (1979-1980), Diego Cordovez (1981-1988), and Marrack I. Goulding (1986-1991).

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Files contain correspondence, memos, cables, reports, and many other types of documents.

These concern United Nations missions and commissions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East; Secretariat matters; political matters; also conferences, councils, and miscellaneous matters. Subject files, 1960-1965, on the Congo Civilian Operations are included.

Fonds consist of the following Sub-fonds:
AG-020-005 Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Other Officials
AG-020-004 Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - J. Rolz-Bennett (1960-1971)
AG-020-003 Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - B. E. Urquhart (1958-1985)
AG-020-002 Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Ralph J. Bunche (1948-1972)
AG-020-001 Office of the Executive Assistant and the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (Cordier/Malania)

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Text

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application/pdf

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2.2 MiB

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