The Director-General is responsible for all activities of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). He is appointed by and accountable to the Secretary-General. As the Secretary-General’s representative, the Director-General undertakes special political assignments and representation as requested by the Secretary-General. He represents the Secretary-General in relations with permanent missions and observer offices based in Geneva and deals with the Swiss authorities in matters relating to the relevant privileges and immunities of staff of the United Nations system in Switzerland.
The Director-General also represents the Secretary-General in relations with regional organizations and arrangements. He maintains cooperation with the specialized agencies and programmes based in Switzerland and Europe as well as with other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and established institutions, including research and academic institutions headquartered in Europe.
The Director-General also serves as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and is the United Nations Secretary-General’s personal representative to the Conference on Disarmament. In this capacity, he provides the Secretary-General with advice and support on the work of the Conference on Disarmament.