Does the UN have an Oath of Office?
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019
In accordance with the Staff Regulations adopted by General Assembly resolution 13 (I) of 13 February 1946, staff of the United Nations take an oath of office (now in the form of a written declaration) before the Secretary-General or his authorized deputy.
High-level officials make this statement before the General Assembly in a formal meeting. The text has changed over time; the latest version is found in the current Staff Regulations.
In 2016, the General Assembly adopted an oath of office for the President of the General Assembly (A/RES/70/305).
Peter Thomson was the the first President of the General Assembly to take the oath of office (A/70/PV.118).
In 2019, the General Assembly adopted an Oath of office of the Secretary-General (A/RES/73/341), distinct from that of other staff of the UN.
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