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General Assembly Sessions

The General Assembly met for 13 ordinary sessions and 6 extraordinary sessions. The documents include information on: decisions made at each session; financial reports; and, reports on the activities and budget of the Organization. Records from the 8th session of the General Assembly are missing from the series.

Reflection Committee

The Reflection Committee was established by a decision of the IBI Executive Council during its 54th session in April 1986. The Committee's purpose was to evaluate the present situation of the Organization and to reflect on future orientations and prospects. The Committee was composed of former Presidents of the governing bodies of the IBI - the General Assembly or the Executive Council. The series contains correspondence and records of the meeting of the Committee.

Correspondances avec les organisations et pays membres et non membres de l'IBI

Les correspondances du comité de liquidation concernent avant tout les modalités de règlement financier des employés licenciés et du matériel de l'IBI. Une part importante de la correspondance est faite avec le gouvernement italien d'une part, et l'UNESCO d'autre part. Les correspondances avec l'UNESCO concernent les modalités de versement des archives de l'IBI à l'UNESCO. Les correspondances avec les organisations internationales et les autres pays sont essentiellement des courriers de demande d'information sur la publication de l'IBI AGORA, les conférences et programmes en cours de l'IBI et les notifications de liquidation de l'organisation par Dino Valenza.

External relations records

The External Relations service in the Cabinet of the Director-General was responsible for maintaining relations with member countries, non-member countries and organizations operating in the field of informatics (with or without formal cooperation agreements with the Organization). The service kept up-to-date information on the IBI's relations with these actors as well as reports on shared activities. The files consist primarily of correspondence exchanged between the IBI and the country or organization. Beyond letters, telegrams and telexes, the files include reports, brochures, and copies of agreements. The series has been arranged into three subseries:
-IBI/6/1/1 Governmental organization files
-IBI/6/1/2 Non-governmental organization files
-IBI/6/1/3 Country files

Information and documentation

The IBI Documentation Centre maintained a library of material related to informatics or information technologies. The material was organized according to thematic groupings which were assigned a classification code. The series has three subseries, including one on the history of the organization from its creation to the 1980s entitled "Histoire de l'IBI."

Publications

The Publications service of the IBI was responsible for the production and distribution of the Organization's periodicals, such as, for example, Agora, IBI Press and the IBI Newsletter. The service was also responsible for the official documents for conferences, the working documents and the studies published by IBI. The audio-visual unit produced video and audio recordings of conferences, as well as audio-visual material publicizing the activities of the organization. The series contains all types of publications created by the IBI (reports, working documents, conference documents, etc.) in either draft form or in printed, final form which was ready for distribution within or outside the organization.

Division of Human Rights and Peace Files

Series consists of the files of the SHS Division of Human Rights and Peace (HRS) as well as some files from its successor unit. The files date from the creation of HRS to the mid-1990s. The files cover programme activities such as the production of publications and studies, the organization of meetings, and the coordination of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. There are also two specific subseries: a subseries of correspondence files (COR) organized by year or by staff member; and a subseries of files (PP) on the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education .

UNESCO. Division of Human Rights and Peace

Population Division Files

Series consists of files from the Population Division (SHS/POP) and the Division of Population and Human Settlements (SHS/POP). The files mostly pertain to programme activities in the fields of urbanization, architecture, family planning and population. Activities include the execution of UNFPA and Participation Programme projects, as well as information dissemination and training. Files are in no particular order.

UNESCO. Population Division

Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace

The Sub-fonds includes the records of the Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace and its antecessors, part of the Information and Communication Sector of UNESCO, of all projects and programmes of CI/FED and of the numerous committees, boards, and commissions related to CI/FED whose records were/are the responsibility of UNESCO.

Documentation

Series consists of documentation files with newspaper clippings, typed speeches and other printed or published material gathered by the Comité to document a subject. The series does however extend to 1939, after the Comité was officially dissolved. It seems then that the staff of the Institute continued to add to the series in 1939. It is arranged into five subseries according to the original alpha-numeric classification scheme.

Main series documents

The rules on what is to be considered as a Main documents have changed throughout UNESCO’s existence. According to the definition giving in the UNESCO Manual, Secretariat handbook on administrative methods and precedures, main documents are:
Main series documents are mostly programme documents of a definitive nature which are distributed to all Member States. They include i.a. reports of meetings, surveys, analysis of replies to questionnaires and bibliographical and clearing house material.

Administrative circulars

Instructions of a temporary nature, or which are subject to frequent change, are conveyed to the Secretariat by Administrative Circulars.

Depending on the area regulated and the issuing authority, there are two types of Administrative Circular:

  1. Administrative Circulars on activity, finances and property
  2. Administrative Circulars on personnel matters

Circular Letters

Circular letters (CL) signed by the Director-General are addressed to the Governments of Member States or National Commissions for UNESCO in the course of official business. For example, they are used to inform the Governments, to solicit information from them and ask for their position on certain questions, to send invitations to conferences, to invite applications for higher posts in the Secretariat.

Department/Sectors files

Series consists of files on departments and sectors of UNESCO as created during the tenure of Directors-General Maheu and Matsuura. Files primarily contain memoranda exchanged between the Director-General and the Assistant Director-General or Director of the unit concerned. Files are arranged in rough alphabetical order by unit acronym.

ODG Subject Files

Series consists of subject files of the Director-General on diverse matters. The first transfer dates from the tenure of René Maheu, however, records in some files date from before this time. Each transfer is arranged in rough alphabetical order and thus the series as a whole is arranged in a repeating alphabetical order. In general, the files were transferred at the end of a Director-General's term in office. Files contain correspondence, speeches, reports, and handwritten notes.

UNESCO Peace Games files

Series consists of files related to the 1995 and 1996 UNESCO Peace Games. Documents date from the early conception and development of the games, and include research related to youth and the theme of peace; correspondence related to potential sponsorships; day-to-day correspondence; correspondence with Director-General Federico Mayor as well as delegates from Member States; an evaluation of the feasibility and success of the games; press and media coverage files; and three-dimensional souvenir objects or gifts from or related to the games. The series is arranged in four subseries, however, files are numbered sequentially despite the subseries.

UNESCO Peace Games

Communication et information – PIDC et NOMIC

Cette série contient des documents relatifs au PIDC (Programme International pour le Développement de la Communication), au NOMIC (Nouvel Ordre Mondiale de l'Information et de la Communication), et à la communication de manière générale. Elle est constituée des trois sous-séries suivantes :
-Programme International pour le Développement de la Communication (PIDC)
-L’UNESCO et la communication
-Documents divers sur la communication

Film archives

The film archives of UNESCO are divided into three parts:

  • The archives of film productions, containing about 7500 film cans of material produced by UNESCO itself.

  • The archives of reference films, containing about 1100 works which not have been produced by UNESCO itself but have been given to the organisation by NGOs, foreign film producers or member states.

  • The archives of distributed films, containing around 2500 copies of 210 films. These films have been produced by the organisation and concern different programmes or projects.

Online search of a portion of Unesco film material is possible via: UNESCO Archives Multimedia Database. Digitizing Our Shared Unesco History

All other film material is indexed in an electronic database, originally created and maintained by the Division of Public Information.

For questions regarding access to the film archives, or to request a search for film titles in the electronic database, please contact: archives@unesco.org

Audio archives

The sound records contain mostly sound recordings of conferences and other events, speeches of the Director General and other important persons, but also music recordings, interviews and the UNESCO radio programs.

Reference documents

The series consists mostly of summaries of the decisions taken and agendas for the meetings of the General Assembly and Executive Board. Although the material partly duplicates information found elsewhere, the series was retained to compensate for gaps in the subfonds IBI/1 General Assembly records and IBI/2 Executive Board records.

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