United Nations General Secretariat

The General Secretariat is the administrative body of the United Nations (UN), whose highest representative is the "Secretary General" and who, as regards the relations of the Organization with other Organizations or States, is the highest authority of the Nations. United. Although the position of the Secretary General tended to be passive, after the appointment of Kofi Annan (1997-2006), he began to have a transversal influence in international relations, in International Law and in mediation in military conflicts. In this vein, the Charter of the United Nations expresses the following:  

Article 97

The Secretariat shall be composed of a Secretary General and the personnel required by the Organization. The Secretary General will be appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council. The Secretary General shall be the highest administrative officer of the Organization.

Article 98

The Secretary General shall act as such in all sessions of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council, and shall perform the other functions entrusted to him by said bodies. The Secretary General shall render an annual report on the activities of the Organization to the General Assembly. 

Article 99

The Secretary General may call the attention of the Security Council to any matter that in his opinion may endanger the maintenance of international peace and security.

Article 100

In the performance of their duties, the Secretary General and the staff of the Secretariat shall not request or receive instructions from any government or from any authority outside the Organization, and shall refrain from acting in any way that is incompatible with their status as international officials. responsible only to the Organization. Each of the Members of the United Nations undertakes to respect the exclusively international character of the functions of the Secretary-General and the staff of the Secretariat, and not to seek to influence them in the performance of their functions.

Article 101

The staff of the Secretariat will be appointed by the Secretary General in accordance with the rules established by the General Assembly. Appropriate personnel shall be permanently assigned to the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and, as required, other United Nations bodies. These personnel will be part of the Secretariat. The primary consideration that will be taken into account when appointing the Secretariat's staff and determining the conditions of service is the need to ensure the highest degree of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due consideration will also be given to the importance of recruiting staff so that there is the widest possible geographic representation.

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