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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 August 2020

Universal international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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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