Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations is the deputy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The office was created to handle many of the administrative responsibilities of the Secretary-General, help manage Secretariat operations, and ensure coherence of activities and programmes. The post was formally established by the General Assembly at the end of 1997.
|Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations|
United Nations Secretariat
|Reports to||The Secretary-General|
New York City, USA
The Secretary-General appoints the Deputy Secretary-General following consultations with Member States and in accordance with Article 101 of the Charter of the United Nations.
|Term length||See below|
The term of office of the Deputy Secretary-General must not exceed that of the Secretary-General.
|Constituting instrument||General Assembly Resolution 52/12 B|
|Precursor||Deputy Secretary-General of the League of Nations|
|Inaugural holder||Louise Fréchette|
Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria was named Deputy Secretary-General by then Secretary-General-designate António Guterres. Mohammed assumed the office the same day as Guterres began his term, on 1 January 2017.
Responsibilities generally delegated by the Secretary-General to the Deputy Secretary-General include:
- (a) To assist the Secretary-General in managing the operations of the Secretariat;
- (b) To act for the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters in the absence of the Secretary-General and in other cases as may be decided by the Secretary-General;
- (c) To support the Secretary-General in ensuring inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes and to support the Secretary-General in elevating the profile and leadership of the United Nations in the economic and social spheres, including further efforts to strengthen the United Nations as a leading centre for development policy and development assistance;
- (d) To represent the Secretary-General at conferences, official functions and ceremonial and other occasions as may be decided by the Secretary-General;
- (e) To undertake such assignments as may be determined by the Secretary-General;
Canadian Louise Fréchette was the first Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, holding the position from 1998 to 2005. She was appointed to the post by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and assumed her duties on 2 March 1998. In 2005, partly in response to criticism by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker for failed management of the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme, Frechette announced her resignation. She remained at her post until 31 March 2006.
On 3 March 2006 it was announced that Mark Malloch Brown from the United Kingdom would succeed Louise Fréchette as Deputy Secretary-General on 1 April 2006. Brown left his post concurrent with Kofi Annan's departure as Secretary-General on 31 December 2006.
List of Deputy Secretaries-GeneralEdit
|1||Louise Fréchette||Canada||2 March 1998 – 1 April 2006||Kofi Annan|
|2||Mark Malloch Brown||United Kingdom||1 April 2006 – 31 December 2006|
|3||Asha-Rose Migiro||Tanzania||5 February 2007 – 1 July 2012||Ban Ki-moon|
|4||Jan Eliasson||Sweden||1 July 2012 – 31 December 2016|
|5||Amina J. Mohammed||Nigeria||1 January 2017 – present||António Guterres|
|UN Regional Group||Deputy Secretaries-General|
|Western European and Others||3|
|Eastern European Group||0|
|Latin American and Caribbean Group||0|
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