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The Secretariat

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chairs the first meeting of the United Nations Task Force on the Global Food Crisis.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chairs the first meeting of the United Nations Task Force on the Global Food Crisis.

The Secretariat carries out the substantive and administrative work of the United Nations as directed by the General Assembly, the Security Council and the other organs. At its head is the Secretary-General, who provides overall administrative guidance.

The Secretariat consists of departments and offices with a total staff of about 44,000 under the regular budget, drawn from some 180 countries. Duty stations include UN Headquarters in New York, as well as UN offices in Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi and many other locations.