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Fonds IS - 04 - International Staff / International Secretariat

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04 - International Staff / International Secretariat


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International Staff

Administrative history

The NATO International Staff (IS) has its roots in a 1951 resolution outlining the need for a permanent organisation to support the Council Deputies (D-D(51)30). The staff was quickly in need of reorganizing, as seen in a report the following year; the Council Deputies recommended the appointing of a Secretary General at the head of a permanent International Staff (C9-D/4). After deliberation in the Council, The Final Communiqué from the Lisbon Conference, February 1952, establishes the post of Secretary General as the head of an International Secretariat, which would support the work of the Council (C9-D/22).On March 13th, 1952, Lord Ismay was appointed the first Secretary General and in April, the Organisation would move from the Belgrave Square offices in London to the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. National Delegations and International Staff began moving into their offices at Chaillot between the 15th and 17th of April, 1952 (D-N(52)25).Since the 1950s, the International Staff has grown from a few hundred staff members in 1954 to almost 1200 today (C-M(54)115). The NATO IS has reorganized several times since its establishment in order to meet new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. The International Staff continues to fulfill its original role, which is to support the North Atlantic Council, the Committees and the Working Groups.

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The International Staff Fonds consists of files containing NATO documents, notes, records, memoranda and external correspondence relating to its operational functions and to its support for NATO committees and the North Atlantic Council.

The Fonds also includes NATO produced publications, including press releases, reference publications and non-periodicals.


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The International Staff Fonds is organized based on the current divisions of the International staff. Seven divisions and six independent offices currently exist in the International Staff structure.

Publications and press releases from the Public Diplomacy Division are currently available online.

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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (

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French and English versions of most documents are available.

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