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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series XV. Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.15
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Collection Dates: 1992-1993
Extent: 23.75 linear feet

Language: English

Dick Thornburgh had rejoined Kirkpatrick and Lockhart following his unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate. When President Bush called on February 3, 1992, asking him to serve as Under-Secretary-General for Administration at the United Nations, he agreed to stay for a year, as a point person on reform. A year later, February 26, 1993, Thornburgh's so-called "Thornburgh Report" was delivered to the Secretary-General, a major component of which was creation of an inspector general position to address fraud and abuse. Included here are documents about the United Nations, its budget processes, peacekeeping efforts, administrative organization, and economic and social development programs. Thornburgh made four trips abroad and each is well documented. Of particular note is the trip to the Vatican Conference on Religion and Disability in 1992. Regarding Thornburgh's final report, there are drafts and background material for all issues, as well as the final report itself that outlines both problems and suggested solutions. The files are in the following nine sections: Speeches; Under-Secretary-General Thornburgh's Files; Memoranda and Correspondence; Financial Restructuring and Peacekeeping; Events and Schedules; Foreign Trips; News Clippings; Country Files; and ongoing UN materials. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.