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Secretariat Documents

  • FR PUNES AG 6
  • Archive Group
  • 1946-

The Archive Group consists of coded official documents issued by the Secretariat and then transferred to the Archives.

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.

Speeches of the Director General

This collection contains speeches and addresses of the Director General of UNESCO reproduced as Secretariat documents. There are also speeches as manuscripts, appeals and messages, some interventions and statements in meetings, also occasional interviews, in general, texts delivered or intended to be delivered orally.

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