Who are the UN Special and Personal Representatives, Envoys and Advisers of the Secretary-General and how are they appointed?
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2019     Views: 4454

The Charter of the UN Article 101 defines the role of the Secretary-General in appointing Secretariat Staff: 

  1. The staff shall be appointed by the Secretary-General under regulations established by the General Assembly
  2. 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 Special and Personal Representatives, Envoys and Advisers are appointed by the UN Secretary-General. A listing of the representatives will be found on the Global Leadership page of the Secretary-General's website.

When an issue is mandated by the Security Council, the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Security Council may appoint Special Representatives, Envoys and/or Advisers to represent him and/or to head of a Security Council mandated operation. If an issue is not mandated by the Security Council or another UN deliberative body, the Secretary-General may appoint a Personal Representative at his own initiative without consultation with a UN deliberative body.

Clients at the UN Headquarters and UN Diplomatic Missions in New York who wish to conduct further research on this topic are referred to a non-UN book entitled: The challenging role of the UN Secretary-General : making "the most impossible job in the world" possible / edited by Benjamin Rivlin and Leon Gordenker ; foreword by Sir Brian Urquhart – UN Library Call Number- UNX.25(04) C437 (pg 82-96).

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