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The most prominent figure, almost the symbolic expression of the world organization as a whole, is the Secretary- General of the United Nations. Most surprisingly the UN Charter does not count the Secretary-General, but the Secretariat as among the principal organs in the enumeration in Article 7. The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. The Secretary-General is required to submit an annual report to the General Assembly on the work of the Organization, and he takes part in all meetings of the General Assembly, of the Security Council, of ECOSOC and of the Trusteeship Council (Art. 98). The role of the Secretary-General in peacekeeping was also restricted by the fact that the superpowers refused in several international conflicts where they were direct parties to the conflict to accept the involvement of the UN.

Keywords: General Assembly; Secretary- General; Security Council; United Nations



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