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The UN Secretary-General and Secretariat

2nd Edition

By Leon Gordenker


130 pages

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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:

  • the retirement of Kofi Annan and the appointment of Ban Ki-moon as the new UN Secretary General
  • the withdrawal of John Bolton as permanent representative of the United States and the consequent softening of the approach of his government to the UN
  • developments in the global economy and international security dilemmas
  • the change of administration in the United States.

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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