Secretary-General of the United Nations


Secretary-General of the United Nations

Roles and responsibilities

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“The United Nations cannot prosper, nor can its aims be realised without the active and steadfast support of the people of the world. The aims and activities of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council will, no doubt, be represented before the public primarily by the Chairmen of these organs. But the Secretary-General, more than anyone else, will stand for the United Nations as a whole. In the eye of the world, no less than in the eyes of his own staff, he must embody the principles and ideals of the Charter to which the organisation seeks to give effect.” 

— Report of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations 1945-1946

The Secretary-General is a symbol of the United Nations ideals and a spokesperson for the interests of the world’s peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable. They can be described best as equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and Chief Executive Officer. Although the Secretary-General works within diverse political medium represented by the deliberative organs of the UN, he is nevertheless expected to act as an impartial agent, who, in person or through special missions, observers, mediators, and facilitators uses his powers and influence to promote compromise and conciliation among nations. But what exactly is the nature of the powers and influence of the UN Secretary-General? Lets’ find out

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