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Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

Protocol and Liaison Service

Protocol in the international sphere may be defined as the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedents and etiquette.  Within the United Nations that simple definition means that in any given year the staff of the Protocol and Liaison Service will deal with representatives of all 193 States Members of the United Nations, including Heads of State and Government, as well as others who come to the Secretariat in New York in an official capacity.  Without a common ground in accepted codes of conduct and ceremony, misunderstandings may arise and unintentional mistakes may be made in dealings with high-level officials. 

The Protocol and Liaison Service serves the protocol needs of the Secretariat, especially the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, and it interfaces with the Permanent and Observer Missions to the United Nations and with the liaison offices of the specialized agencies and related organizations stationed in New York.  The Service applies an orderly, uniform set of rules and governing codes of behaviour in diplomatic forums, meetings and ceremonies involving Governments and their representatives.

Among the responsibilities of the Service are the following:

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