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United Nations: An Introduction

This LibGuide was created for the purpose of providing users with a basic understanding of the United Nations, its structure, and to provide users with access to resources available online and at FIU’s Green Library.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat administers and coordinates the activities of the United Nations. It consists of an international civil service at UN Headquarters in New York and other UN stations all over the world. The Secretariat is headed by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Functions of the Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for the UN administration:

  • prepares the sessions of the UN bodies in terms of organization
  • edits a large number of reports and studies upon which the decisions of the UN bodies are to be based
  • prepares draft texts of resolutions
  • organizes the implementation of decisions,
  • documents the work of the United Nations while registering and editing the texts in their different stages
  • organizes international conferences
  • supplies interpreters
  • translates documents into all UN official languages

(Information taken from the UN web-page, section Main Bodies, Secretariat.)

Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG)

Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)

Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)

Department of Political Affairs (DPA)

Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA)

 Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)

Department of Field Support (DFS)

 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM)

Department of Public Information (DPI)

Department of Safety and Security (DSS)

 Department of Management (DM)