The Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) is responsible for all aspects of UN recordkeeping, ranging from measures to ensure that United Nations officials create records in the course of their duties, through the management of records in United Nations departments and offices, to preserving and making records of continuing value accessible as United Nations archives. All United Nations staff members should know that all information they collect or create in the conduct of business, irrespective of its format, is the property of the United Nations. Most records created as a result of the United Nations business have a finite retention period and can be destroyed when this period has expired. A small percentage, however, is preserved as United Nations archives because they are of enduring value to the United Nations and/or to the public. As a coordinating office in the Department of Management for the UN Secretariat, ARMS provides direct support and guidance on the management of UN records throughout their lifecycle via a range of services and resources.
Records Management 101
We have developed this series to give you more in-depth overview of the different concepts that you need to know in order to successfully manage records in your work area.
- What is a record?
- How do I know which records are valuable?
- How do I know which records are vital?
- How long do I keep records?
- When and how can I destroy records?
- How do I protect sensitive information?
- How do I ensure records are secure?
- How do I protect records from loss or damage?
- How do I protect records in an emergency?
- How do I assess the quality of my office's records system?
For specific standards, forms and guidelines, please visit our Policy page.