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Rules of procedure

MoreSee also Secretariat
and Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization

VII. Secretariat

Duties of the Secretary-General

Rule 45
[based directly on a provision of the Charter (Art. 98)]

The Secretary-General shall act in that capacity in all meetings of the General Assembly, its committees and its subcommittees. He may designate a member of the Secretariat to act in his place at these meetings.

Rule 46

The Secretary-General shall provide and direct the staff required by the General Assembly and any committees or subsidiary organs which it may establish.

Duties of the Secretariat

Rule 47

The Secretariat shall receive, translate, print and distribute documents, reports and resolutions of the General Assembly, its committees and its organs [See annex IV, para. 107, and annex V, paras. 25, 26 and 28-30]; interpret speeches made at the meetings; prepare, print and circulate the records of the session [See annex IV, para. 108]; have the custody and proper preservation of the documents in the archives of the General Assembly; distribute all documents of the Assembly to the Members of the United Nations, and, generally, perform all other work which the Assembly may require.

Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization

Rule 48
[based directly on a provision of the Charter (Art. 98)]

The Secretary-General shall make an annual report, and such supplementary reports as are required, to the General Assembly on the work of the Organization [See introduction, para. 7; see also annex I, para. 20, annex III, para. (f), annex IV, paras. 13 and 14, annex V, para. 2, annex VI, para. 4 and annex VII, para. 5]. He shall communicate the annual report to the Members of the United Nations at least forty-five days before the opening of the session.

Notification under Article 12 of the Charter

Rule 49
[reproducing textually a provision of the Charter (Art. 12, para. 2)]

The Secretary-General, with the consent of the Security Council, shall notify the General Assembly at each session of any matters relative to the maintenance of international peace and security which are being dealt with by the Security Council and shall similarly notify the General Assembly, or the Members of the United Nations if the General Assembly is not in session, immediately the Security Council ceases to deal with such matters.

Regulations concerning the Secretariat

Rule 50
[based directly on a provision of the Charter (Art. 101, para. 1)]

The General Assembly shall establish regulations concerning the staff of the Secretariat [For the Staff Regulations of the United Nations, see ST/SGB/2007/4].

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