United Nations Office at Geneva












The Office of the Director-General, headed by a Chef de Cabinet, provides support and advice to the Director-General in the exercise of his mandate (ST/SGB/2000/4). The core functions of the Office of the Director-General, which consists of five parts – cabinet; political, external and inter-agency affairs; legal liaison; protocol liaison; NGO liaison – are as follows:

  1. Monitoring the implementation of the work plan of the Office, advising the Director-General on departmental policies and managerial issues and coordinating the Director-General’s activities;
  2. Maintaining liaison with permanent missions, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and facilitating their participation in United Nations activities;
  3. Carrying out protocol and liaison functions with the authorities of the host country and advising and assisting the Geneva Diplomatic Committee in its work;
  4. Arranging consultations among heads of specialized agencies, United Nations programmes at Geneva and the Director-General, and providing briefings and services to these entities;
  5. Coordinating electronic information dissemination, in particular via the Internet, to the permanent missions, intergovernmental organizations and the public;
  6. Advising the Director-General on issues pertaining to cooperation with regional organizations, undertaking in-depth analyses on regional and international security and political issues;
  7. Representing the Legal Counsel at Geneva, assisting the Director-General on all legal matters, and liaising with the host country and other authorities concerning privileges and immunities and other questions affecting United Nations agreements.
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