The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such staff as the
Organization may require. The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the
General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. He shall
be the chief administrative officer of the Organization.
The Secretary-General shall act in that capacity in all meetings of the General
Assembly, of the Security Council, of the Economic and Social Council, and
of the Trusteeship Council, and shall perform such other functions as are
entrusted to him by these organs. The Secretary-General shall make an annual
report to the General Assembly on the work of the Organization.
The Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council
any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international
peace and security.
In the performance of their duties the Secretary-General and the staff shall
not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any other authority
external to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might
reflect on their position as international officials responsible only to
Each Member of the United Nations undertakes to respect the exclusively
international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General
and the staff and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their
The staff shall be appointed by the Secretary-General under regulations
established by the General Assembly.
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 paramount consideration in the employment of the staff and in the
determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing
the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard
shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical
basis as possible.
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