As a centre for international negotiations, Geneva attracts a large number of heads of State and Government, ministers, dignitaries and experts who come to exchange views, examine priorities and elaborate strategies. Such interaction and information sharing are important in the formulation of integrated, inclusive and innovative policies to address the inter-related dimensions of peace, security and development.
In his capacity as the Secretary-General’s representative and in support of his efforts, the Director-General meets with high-level political representatives in order to promote the Organization’s priorities and share information. Through these exchanges and in facilitating contacts, he contributes to the wider multilateral efforts of the Organization.
Exchanges with partners are complemented by alignment of priorities and coordination of efforts across the wider United Nations system. Key forums for policy discussion and development are the Senior Management Group (SMG)
and the Executive Committee on Peace and Security (ECPS). Through participation in the meetings of both groups, the Director-General contributes to the wider policy-setting processes within the Organization.