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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Multilateral Diplomacy and Policy Making
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.
Cooperation with Regional Organizations
Cooperation with Research and Academic Institutions
Decisions of the United Nations rely on the quality and analysis of the data examined. In line with the Secretary-General’s reform efforts, the Director-General contributes to facilitating partnerships between the research and academic community and the United Nations family.
In cooperation with partners, including the United Nations University
, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research
, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
and the University for Peace
, the Director-General also acts as a facilitator between research and policy entities within the United Nations system. These efforts contribute towards ensuring that policy and decision-making is based on detailed analysis and takes into account the broadest possible range of perspectives.
Geneva, in particular, and Switzerland as a whole are home to a wide range of research and academic institutions with particular analytical expertise in areas of relevance to the work of the United Nations. The Office of the Director-General maintains dialogues with these Geneva and Swiss-based entities to stimulate research and debate, which may serve policy planners within the Organizations as well as its partners.
Through joint seminars and other events, as well as publications that encourage exchange across institutional and thematic boundaries, UNOG contributes to distilling and disseminating ideas that may help towards realizing the aims of the United Nations. For example, in December 2014, UNOG collaborated with partners in academia and Member States for the first Global Think Tank Summit
in Geneva, bringing together more than 100 heads of and researchers with leading Think Tanks and UN entities, as well as professors and graduate students.
To further intensify engagement with academia, a two-day roundtable around the theme of “Strengthening the UN’s Research Uptake” was held at the Palais des Nations in April 2016 in collaboration with the United Nations University and the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
UNOG and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are also organizing a series of open lectures on a regular basis at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, entitled “The Geneva Lecture Series”. The ninth lecture, delivered by the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, on the topic "A Civil peace by civil society - Tunisian experiences for the future of the region" took place on 21 April 2016.