Catalogue description Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United Nations (Political) Department: Registered Files (UP and UL Series)

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Reference: FCO 58
Title: Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United Nations (Political) Department: Registered Files (UP and UL Series)
Description:

This series consists of registered files of the United Nations (Political) Department of the Foreign Office (to October 1968) and thereafter, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The files are concerned with issues relating to the United Nations.

From 1973 the files are those created by the Political Branch of the United Nations Department; from 1976 the files of the United Nations (Economic and Social) Department can also be found in this series. For earlier files, see FCO 61.

Date: 1967-1991
Arrangement:

By former file reference

Related material:

For earlier records see FCO 27

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: UL, UP and UN file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English, French and Russian
Creator:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Nations (Political) Department, 1968-1972

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Nations Department, 1973-

Foreign Office, United Nations (Political) Department, 1965-1968

Physical description: 6007 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1998

Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The United Nations (Political) Department maintained the same functions and title under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as had applied for several years in the Foreign Office. Its main roles were to formulate and manage general policy towards the United Nations, to advise other departments on relations with the United Nations, and to handle all matters relating to United Nations political and administrative questions, trusteeship and colonial questions, peace-keeping and proceedings in the General Assembly.

In 1973 the United Nations (Political) and the United Nations (Economic and Social) Departments were merged as a single United Nations Department. Each branch of the new department continued using its existing registered file series for files created in 1974 and 1975, but in 1976 a new file series (UN) was created and both political and economic and social subject files are added to FCO 58 from that point onwards.

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