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CHAPTER XV: THE SECRETARIAT

Article 97
The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such staff as the Organization may require. The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the UN General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. He shall be the chief administrative officer of the Organization.

Article 98
The Secretary-General shall act in that capacity in all meetings of the UN General Assembly, of the Security Council, of the Economic and Social Council, and of the Trusteeship Council, and shall perform such other functions as are entrusted to him by these organs. The Secretary-General shall make an annual report to the UN General Assembly on the work of the Organization.

Article 99
The Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the [Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.

Article 100
In the performance of their duties the Secretary-General and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any other authority external to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might reflect on their position as international officials responsible only to the Organization.
Each Member of the United Nations undertakes to respect the exclusively international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and the staff and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Article 101
The staff shall be appointed by the Secretary-General under regulations established by the UN General Assembly.
Appropriate staffs shall be permanently assigned to the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, and, as required, to other organs of the United Nations. These staffs shall form a part of the Secretariat.
The paramount consideration in the employment of the staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

About the Secretariat
The Secretariat, one of the main organs of the UN, is organized along departmental lines, with each department or office having a distinct area of action and responsibility. Offices and departments coordinate with each other to ensure cohesion as they carry out the day to day work of the Organization in offices and duty stations around the world. At the head of the United Nations Secretariat is the Secretary-General.

Offices and Departments at Headquarters in New York
Executive Office of the Secretary-General
Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
Protocol and Liaison Service
Office of Internal Oversight Services
Internal Audit Division
Inspection and Evaluation Division
Investigations Division
Office of Legal Affairs
Office of the Legal Counsel
General Legal Division
Treaty Section
Codification Division
International Trade Law Division
Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
Department of Political Affairs
Africa I and II Divisions
Americas Division
Asia and the Pacific Division
Europe Division
Middle East and West Asia Division
Electoral Assistance Division
Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Office
Office of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar
Division for Palestinian Rights
Policy and Mediation Division
Security Council Affairs Division
Decolonization Unit
Office for Disarmament Affairs
Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch
Conventional Arms Branch
Information and Outreach Branch
Regional Disarmament Branch
Conference on Disarmament Secretariat and Conference Support Branch
Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Office of Operations
Africa I Division
Africa II Division
Asia and Middle East Division
Europe and Latin America Division
Office of Military Affairs
Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions
Police Division
Mine Action Service
Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section
Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service: Justice and Corrections
Security Sector Reform Unit
Policy, Evaluation and Training Division
Department of Field Support
Office of the Assistant Secretary-General
Field Personnel Division
Field Budget and Finance Division
Logistics Support Division
Information & Communications Technology Division
Policy Evaluation and Training (PET) Division
United Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi (UNLB)
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Coordination
Policy
Advocacy
Information Management
Humanitarian Financing
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Financing for Development Office
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Division for Social Policy and Development
Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests
Statistics Division
Division for Sustainable Development
Population Division
Development Policy and Analysis Division
Division for Public Administration and Development Management
Capacity Development Office
United Nations Forum on Forests
Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Office of Protocol and Liaison Service
Central Planning and Coordination Service
General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division
Meetings and Publishing Division
Documentation Division
Department of Public Information
News and Media Division
Outreach Division
Strategic Communications Division
Department of Safety and Security
Field Support Service
Division of Regional Operations
Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services
Department of Management
Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts
Programme Planning and Budget Division
Treasury
Office of Human Resources Management
HR Portal
Careers Portal
Internships
Office of Central Support Services
Procurement Division
Archives and Records Management
United Nations Postal Administration
Office of Information and Communication Technology
Umoja
Internal Justice Bodies
Office of the United Nations Ombudsman
Office of Administration of Justice
UN Dispute Tribunal
UN Appeals Tribunal [the United Nations Administrative Tribunal was abolished as of 31 December 2009 by GA resolution 63/253]
Other Offices
Peacebuilding Support Office
United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Secretariat of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)
Ethics Office
Global Compact Office
United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP)
United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
United Nations Staff Union
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)
Special Advisers, Representatives and Envoys
Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
Office of the Special Adviser on Africa
Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar
Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General (complete list)
Offices Outside the Main Headquarters
Geneva
United Nations Office at Geneva
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Advocacy and Outreach Section
Risk Knowledge Section
DRR Coordination Section
Nairobi
United Nations Office at Nairobi
Vienna
United Nations Office at Vienna
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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