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 arrangements and other intergovernmental organizations, as well as research and academic institutions.
The Director-General also liaises with United Nations agencies, funds and programmes at Geneva and facilitates inter-agency cooperation.
The Director-General’s political, external and inter-agency activities are in line with the Secretary-General’s reform efforts and his vision for a United Nations actively engaged in facilitating partnerships among all stakeholders in the multilateral processes.
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.
With regards to the Conference on Disarmament, the Director-General oversees the work of the Conference in his capacity as Secretary-General of the Conference and the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference. As such, he provides the Secretary-General with advice on the work of the Conference. 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
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.
Cooperation with Regional Organizations
Cooperation with Research and Academic Institutions
The impact of the United Nations’ efforts depends on quality of the data and analysis that inform decisions. Policies must be underpinned by comprehensive and cutting-edge research. 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 and the University for Peace, he also acts as an interface 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 that may serve policy planning 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.