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Subseries 6. Foreign Trips

Scope and Content Notes:

In the course of carrying out his responsibilities, Thornburgh made four foreign trips during his year at the United Nations. His trip to Moscow, Russia, was mostly "money-related," since Russia was $400 million in arrears to the organization. During this trip, consequently, Thornburgh urged Russian officials to re-pay these debts. Talks were cordial, yet still, Thornburgh writes, produced a commitment no stronger than "'we will do our best' " ( Evidence, p. 326).

His visit to Ethiopia and Kenya was strongly related to wasteful spending, and officials' responses, Thornburgh says, were no more encouraging. "When I asked program managers [in Ethiopia] for a progress report, they responded with an hour's whining about inadequate resources" ( Evidence, p.327). The UN's Economic Commission for Africa, stationed in Ethiopia, was suspected of fraud and abuse. Thornburgh also had to handle Kenya's requests for financial aid, which were largely dependant on Kenya's initiatives to reform their political system and deal with national security.

Thornburgh's travels also took him to Vienna, Austria-home of the UN's Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and offices on disability, drugs and crime-and Geneva, Switzerland-home of the World Health Organization (WHO), European Economic Commission, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Thornburgh's travels to Rome to attend the Vatican Conference on Religion and Disability, represented an area of long-standing interest which Thornburgh admits was not part of his official portfolio. However, Thornburgh had pledged that the UN would seek to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Ginny Thornburgh, who accompanied him to Rome, had invested a major amount of time and effort into making the conference a success. Thornburgh recalls that her moving speech was interrupted several times by applause and that she received a standing ovation at its end ( Evidence, p.328). These events also related to the UN General Assembly's conference and meetings (held in Montreal, Canada) marking the end of the UN's Decade for the Disabled in October 1992.

The information in the UN trip files is divided into "pre-trip," "trip material," and "post trip" background, schedules and related materials. The trips are arranged as follows: 1) Trip to Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria, March 18-21, 1992; 2) Administrative Committee on Coordination of the World Health Organization (WHO) meetings, Geneva, Switzerland, April 7-13, 1992; 3) Trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya (UN Environment Programme and UN Center for Human Settlements), August 4-11, 1992; and 4) Thornburgh and Ginny's trip to Moscow and Rome (the Vatican Pontifical Council International Conference, "Disabled Persons and Society"), November 17-22, 1992.

Section: Trip to Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria


Box 972
Folder 1 Trip material: welcome book on Vienna March 18-21, 1992
Folder 2 Trip material: Briefing binder on United Nations (UN) issues and trip meeting material March 18-21, 1992
Folder 3 Trip material: Trip itinerary March 18-21, 1992
Folder 4 Trip material: Official notes of Secretary General's meeting with the permanent representative of Austria March 18-21, 1992
Folder 5 Trip material: Dick Thornburgh's notes on issues and meetings, includes trip itineraries March 18-21, 1992
Folder 6 Trip material: Briefing materials on the Division of Administrative and Common Services (DACS) March 18-21, 1992
Folder 7 Post-trip material: Monthly report of administrative activities at United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), and summary of issues relating to the UN office at Vienna March 18-21, 1992
Folder 8 Post-trip material: Monthly report of administrative activities at United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), and Armando Duque's comments on the Ruedas report March 18-21, 1992

Section: Administrative Committee on Coordination of the WHO Meetings and the Eastern European Conference on Disabilities, Geneva, Switzerland, Prague, Czeck and Slovak Federal Republic

Folder 9 Pre-trip material: Notes on items on the meeting agenda of the UN Directors of the Geneva group, regarding good and bad administrative and financial practice April 7-13, 1992
Folder 10 Trip material: Guidebooks, maps, and luncheon invitations April 7-13, 1992
Folder 11 Trip material: Briefing binder for trip April 7-13, 1992
Folder 12 Trip material: Meeting agendas and issues, including Thornburgh's notes April 7-13, 1992
Folder 13 Trip material: Media reports of Thornburgh's work in Czech, Prague and Slovak Republic April 7-13, 1992
Folder 14 Trip material: Remarks by Thornburgh to the Opening Session of the Eastern European Conference on Disabilities, Prague, Czech and Slovak Federal Republic April 7-13, 1992

Section: Trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya (UN Environment Programme and UN Center for Human Settlements)

Folder 15 Pre-trip material: Travel arrangements, including itineraries, phone contact lists, airplane tickets, requests for meeting rescheduling August 4-11, 1992
Folder 16 Pre-trip material: Letter from UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to Meles Zenawi, president of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia, regarding Thornburgh's visit August 4-11, 1992
Folder 17 Pre-trip material: Letter from UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, president of the Republic of Kenya, regarding Thornburgh's visit August 4-11, 1992
Folder 18 Pre-trip material: Newspaper articles on Ethiopia August 4-11, 1992
Folder 19 Pre-trip material: Newspaper articles on Kenya August 4-11, 1992
Folder 20 Pre-trip material: Statements made by Thornburgh to the Staff/Management Coordinating Committee (SMCC), sent to the UN Economic Commission for Africa August 4-11, 1992
Folder 21 Pre-trip material: Thornburgh's talking points and information on the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) for meetings with the Ethiopia Foreign Minister, H.E. Seyoum Mesfin, and Ethiopia President Meles Zenawi August 4-11, 1992
Folder 22 Trip material: Greetings and luncheon invitations from Ethiopia August 4-11, 1992
Folder 23 Trip material: Memorabilia and luncheon invitations from Kenya August 4-11, 1992
Folder 24 Trip material: Trip itinerary for Ethiopia visit August 4-11, 1992
Folder 25 Trip material: Trip itinerary for Kenya visit August 4-11, 1992

Box 973
Folder 1 Trip material: Briefing material for Ethiopia visit August 4-11, 1992
Folder 2 Trip material: Briefing material for Kenya visit August 4-11, 1992
Folder 3 Trip material: Briefing materials on meeting regarding Kenya security incidents August 4-11, 1992
Folder 4 Trip material: News articles on Kenya (and greater Africa) August 4-11, 1992
Folder 5 Trip material: Briefing materials on the GRID Programme (Global Resources Information Database), Kenya refugees, and proposed property rental increases in Kenya August 4-11, 1992
Folder 6 Trip material: Thornburgh's notes August 4-11, 1992
Folder 7 Trip material: Thornburgh's notes on Kenya with references to USIA trip made during Thornburgh's governorship (July 19-August 4, 1986) August 4-11, 1992
Folder 8 Trip material: "In and Out of Africa, Part II," Thornburgh's trip diary, includes drafts and final copy August 4-11, 1992
Folder 9 Post-trip material: Thornburgh's report to the Secretary-General on his trip to Africa August 4-11, 1992

Section: Dick and Ginny Thornburgh's trip to Moscow, Russia and Rome, Italy (the Vatican Pontifical Council International Conference, "Disabled Persons and Society")

Folder 10 Pre-trip material: Travel arrangements, including schedules, meetings, airplane tickets, and correspondence November 17-22, 1992
Folder 11 Pre-trip material: Trip itineraries and scheduling, including briefing on crime and safety November 17-22, 1992
Folder 12 Pre-trip material: Briefing material on the Vatican Pontifical Council International Conference November 17-22, 1992
Folder 13 Pre-trip material: Thornburgh's preparatory materials for presentation to the Vatican Conference, including notes and past speeches given by Thornburgh November 17-22, 1992
Folder 14 Pre-trip material: Briefing material on disability laws in different parts of the world November 17-22, 1992
Folder 15 Pre-trip material: Neil Pike Institute for the Handicapped, briefing materials regarding persons with disabilities November 17-22, 1992

Box 974
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: Briefing material on the UN's involvement in disabilities November 17-22, 1992
Folder 2 Pre-trip material: Informational booklet on the UN General Assembly's "Decade of Disabled Persons" conference in Montreal, Canada (October 8-9, 1992) November 17-22, 1992
Folder 3 Pre-trip material: Participant folder for the International Conference on Ministers Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Montreal, Canada (October 8-9, 1992) November 17-22, 1992
Folder 4 Pre-trip material: Briefing materials for the International Conference on Ministers Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, includes statement by Dick Thornburgh, Montreal, Canada (October 8-9, 1992) November 17-22, 1992
Folder 5 Pre-trip material: Brochures and publications on disabilities published by the United Nations and the National Organization on Disability November 17-22, 1992
Folder 6 Pre-trip material: National Disability Center, invitation for Ginny Thornburgh to be a board member November 17-22, 1992
Folder 7 Pre-trip material: Newspaper articles regarding Moscow, Russia November 17-22, 1992
Folder 8 Trip material: Briefing binder for Moscow and Rome visit November 17-22, 1992
Folder 9 Trip material: Briefing material on the Russian press, ethnic and territorial disputes in Russia, and Russia political activity November 17-22, 1992
Folder 10 Trip material: Trip itinerary for Moscow visit November 17-22, 1992
Folder 11 Trip material: Booklets and articles regarding Russia November 17-22, 1992
Folder 12 Trip material: Dinners and luncheon invitations for Rome visit November 17-22, 1992
Folder 13 Trip material: "The Disabled and the Law Throughout the World," An address by Dick Thornburgh to the Seventh International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, The Vatican, Rome, Italy November 17-22, 1992
Folder 14 Trip material: Thornburgh's notes on trip and meetings November 17-22, 1992
Folder 15 Trip material: Trip diary of Russia and Italy trips (includes notes and drafts) November 17-22, 1992
Folder 16 Post-trip material: Thornburgh's report to the Secretary-General, Director of the Information Center Division of the Department of Public Information, on his trip to Moscow and Rome November 17-22, 1992
Folder 17 Post-trip material: UN initiatives and involvement in disabilities and resources for disabled persons November 17-22, 1992