The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary - Articles 97, 98, 99
THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS: A COMMENTARY, Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Georg Nolte & Andreas Paulus, eds., Oxford University Press, Forthcoming
Posted: 7 Jun 2011 Last revised: 30 Apr 2014
Date Written: June 6, 2011
This paper considers the law and practice of the UN Charter provisions concerning the UN Secretary-General and the Secretariat:
Article 97: "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."
Article 98: "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."
Article 99: "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."
Keywords: United Nations, UN Charter, Secretary-General, Secretariat, Security Council
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