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The Secretariat

The Secretariat

For the carrying out of the day-to-day operations of the United Nations. There is a working force of more than eight thousand men and women. The Secretary General is the head of the Secretariat. He is appointment by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the security Council.He gathers information on problems and presents them before delegates. He is appointed for a period of five years but he can be re-appointed.

The United Nations Department of Political Affairs, which has a role analogous to a ministry of foreign affairs, is a part of the secretariat. So is the department of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. The secretariat is the main source of economic and political analysis for the General Assembly and Security Council; it administers operations initiated by UN's deliberative organs, operates political missions, prepares assessments that precede peacekeeping operations, appoints the heads of peacekeeping operations, conducts surveys and research, communicates with non-state actors such as media and non government organizations, and is responsible for publishing all of the treaties and international agreements.


The Secretariat has 44,000 international civil servants. Eligibility for civil service is based on a UN-administered examination offered worldwide, in addition to a competitive application process.Qualifications for membership include "the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity", according to the UN Charter. Staff-members are appointed by the Secretary-General alone and are assigned to the organs of the United Nations. Staff members are appointed on a temporary or permanent basis, under the discretion of the Secretary-General.


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