The UN Secretary-General and Secretariat
Routledge – 2010 – 130 pages
Series: Global Institutions
The new edition of this accessible introduction to the important role of the United Nations Secretary-General continues to offer a keen insight into the United Nations – the Secretariat and its head, the Secretary-General, summing up the history, structure, strengths and weaknesses, and continuing operations of an ever-present global institution.
Behind the public face of the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and his predecessors, an active corps of officials and advisers face ceaseless pressures and challenges. This clear and concise introduction examines both the solid and substantive work of the UN’s permanent staff and the role of the Secretary-General in policy development.
The 2nd edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect:
Written by a recognized authority on the subject, this book continues to be the ideal interpretative introduction for students of the UN, international organizations and global governance.
1. Introduction 2. Blueprint and Evolution of an International Office 3. The UN Secretariat and Its Responsible Chief 4. The Secretary-General as World Constable 5. Promoting Global General Welfare 6. Reaching Out to Broader Publics 7. Conclusion
Leon Gordenker is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Princeton University, USA and Senior Visiting Research Professor at the Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, the Netherlands. He is a long-time observer of international organization and has written extensively on the United Nations and organized transnational relationships.