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Political Affairs and Partnerships Section



As the Secretary-General’s representative and in support of his efforts, the Director-General maintains relations with Member States, regional organizations and other intergovernmental organizations, as well as research and academic institutions.

The Director-General also liaises with United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in Geneva and facilitates inter-agency cooperation.

The Director-General’s political, external and inter-agency activities are in line with the Secretary-General’s strategies and reform efforts as well as his vision for a United Nations actively engaged in facilitating partnerships among all stakeholders in the international system. This includes active collaboration with civil society, the private sector, think tanks, academia and other stakeholders.

In discharging these functions, the Director-General is supported by a core political, external and inter-agency affairs team that undertakes in-depth analysis and advises on regional and international political issues.

As the Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference, the Director-General oversees the work of the Conference and provides the Secretary-General with advice on the Conference on Disarmament. In these functions, the Director-General is supported by the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament Secretariat.

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As a centre for international negotiations, Geneva attracts a large number of Heads of State and Government, ministers, dignitaries and experts who meet in Geneva to negotiate, exchange views, examine priorities, elaborate strategies and shape the international agenda. Such interaction and information sharing are important in the formulation of integrated, inclusive and innovative policies to address the inter-related dimensions of peace, rights and well-being.

In his capacity as the Secretary-General’s representative, the Director-General meets with high-level political representatives in order to promote the Organization’s priorities and share information. Through these exchanges and by facilitating contacts, he contributes to the wider multilateral efforts of the Organization.

These exchanges are complemented by the Director-General’s work to align priorities and coordinate efforts across the wider United Nations system. The Director-General contributes to the policy-setting processes within the Organization by participating in key forums for policy discussion and development such as the Senior Management Group (SMG) and the Executive Committee on Peace and Security (ECPS).



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In line with relevant General Assembly resolutions, UNOG assists in the organization of selected International Days to commemorate significant historical events and raise awareness about key issues on the international agenda.

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