‘UN Library’s Oral History Collection’ Now Accessible Online

The United Nation today launched the UN Library’s Oral History Collection which consists of interviews conducted over the course of 25 years with former delegates, UN staff members and journalists, all of whom recounted their experiences on major world events.

The collection of more than 200 interviews covers major events in the history of the United Nations. The world’s body also announced that it will be accessible to the public online through this http://www.unmultimedia.org/oralhistory/>website.

SecretaryGeneral Bank Ki-moon is interviewed by journalists from the UN News Centre and UN Radio about his first term as Secretary-General of the United Nations and his priorities for his second term. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The website provides the audio files and transcripts of the interviews.

The collection of interiews covers various crises and wars of independence, apartheid, weapons of mass destruction, and what it was like to work with former Secretaries-General Kofi Annan.

The audio files and interview transcripts were conducted by UN staff and Yale University researchers. The files also include discussions held during the creation of the UN Charter as well as reflections of staff members.

The Collection seeks to shed light on the history of the founding of the Organization and its role in conflict resolution since 1945. It seeks to be a useful primary source of information for scholars and the media that spotlights the activities of the UN during turbulent periods in world history.

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