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
Cooperation with Regional Organizations
Cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations
is based on Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter
. Regional efforts are a central complement to international initiatives and action through the United Nations. Regional organizations are important partners of the United Nations, as each organization has its particular role and expertise. The Secretary-General has therefore encouraged closer and more effective cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations.
Facilitating cooperation with regional organizations is part of the mandate of the United Nations Office at Geneva, and reinforcing relations with regional arrangements remains one of the priorities of the Office.
UNOG represents the United Nations in the “Tripartite Process”, a framework of informal consultations with the Council of Europe
and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
. The Process was initiated in 1993 to provide a forum for discussion of issues of common concern. The original partners of the group – the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – have grown to include, on an “affiliated basis”, the Commission of the European Union
, the Council of the European Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration.
The “Tripartite” consultations represent a good example of how the United Nations and regional organizations can coordinate more effectively their efforts to in support of peace, security and development.
The annual informal discussions are divided into two parts: a working-level Target-Oriented Meeting and a High-Level Meeting. The Chairmanship rotates among the original three partners.
The 2007 annual meetings
, chaired by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, took place in Vienna from 13 to 14 February. The main theme of the meetings was the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
The 2008 annual meetings will take place in Strasbourg and will be chaired by the Council of Europe.
In addition to consultations within the framework of the “Tripartite Process”, the Director-General maintains bilateral contacts with the Heads of a number of other regional organizations.
Cooperation with Research and Academic Institutions