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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

United Nations, Secretary-General

Katja Göcke, Hubertus von Mohr

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 July 2021

Universal international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Pursuant to Art. 7 (1) UN Charter, only the United Nations Secretariat and not the United Nations Secretary-General constitutes a principal organ of the United Nations (International Organizations or Institutions, Secretariats). Accordingly, Chapter XV UN Charter dealing with the functions of the UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General is entitled ‘The Secretariat’. The fact that the status of principal organ is awarded to the UN Secretariat and not the UN Secretary-General is remarkable since the role assigned to the UN Secretary-General goes beyond the...
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