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Duties Of A Secretary General !EXCLUSIVE!

Currently, the office of Secretary of State is authorized in Article V, Section 2, of the North Dakota Constitution (as amended by the voters June 11, 1996, and effective July 1, 1997). The duties of the Secretary of State are defined in various parts of the state's constitution, in numerous state statutes, and in the agency's administrative rules.

Duties Of A Secretary General

In the constitution, the duties are found in Article III, related to initiative and referral powers of the people; Article IV, Section 12, related to choosing a winner by a toss of a coin if two or more legislative candidates have an equal and highest number of votes; Article IV, Section 13, related to the filing of legislative bills; Article V, Section 5, related to term of office; Article V, Section 11, related to succession in the event of a vacancy in the office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor; Article IX, Section 3, related to membership on the Board of University and School Lands; Article X, Section 17, related to the certificates regarding bonds or evidence of indebtedness on the part of the state.

In state statute, the general duties of the Secretary of State are established in Chapter 54-09; in Title 16.1 as they relate to elections; in Title 10 as they pertain to various business structures. e.g., corporate and limited liability company farming, cooperative associations, business corporations, development corporations, venture capital corporations, community development corporations, professional organizations, limited liability companies, nonprofit corporations, and real estate investment trusts; in Title 35 as they relate to the filing of various liens; in Title 41 as they relate to the Uniform Commercial Code; in Title 45 as they pertain to general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships; and in various other sections of state law related to the state's Great Seal, contractors, lobbying, charitable solicitation, and other miscellaneous duties.

The secretary position has wide-ranging responsibilities, requiring much more than simply being present at all board meetings. These duties likely will increase if the corporation has a voting membership structure, which requires additional notice procedures and voting. Each board should carefully consider how the secretary can best serve their organization.

The secretary-general of the United Nations (UNSG or SG) is the chief administrative officer of the United Nations and head of the United Nations Secretariat, one of the six principal organs of the United Nations.

The role of the secretary-general and of the secretariat is laid out by Chapter XV (Articles 97 to 101) of the United Nations Charter. However, the office's qualifications, selection process and tenure are open to interpretation; they have been established by custom.[1]

The secretary-general is appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. As the recommendation must come from the Security Council, any of the five permanent members of the council can veto a nomination. Most secretaries-general are compromise candidates from middle powers and have little prior fame.

The length of the term is discretionary, but all secretaries-general since 1971 have been appointed to five-year terms. Every secretary-general since 1961 has been re-selected for a second term, with the exception of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who was vetoed by the United States in the 1996 selection. There is a term limit of two full terms, established when China, in the 1981 selection, cast a record 16 vetoes against a third term for Kurt Waldheim. No secretary-general since 1981 has attempted to secure a third term.

The role of the secretary-general is described as combining the functions and responsibilities of an advocate, diplomat, civil servant, and chief executive officer.[9] The UN Charter designates the secretary-general as the "chief administrative officer" of the UN and allows them to perform "such other functions as are entrusted" by other United Nations organs. The Charter also empowers the secretary-general to inform the Security Council of "any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security". These provisions have been interpreted as providing broad leeway for officeholders to serve a variety of roles as suited to their preferences, skill set, or circumstances.[4]

The secretary-general's routine duties include overseeing the activities and duties of the secretariat; attending sessions with United Nations bodies; consulting with world leaders, government officials, and other stakeholders; and travelling the world to engage with global constituents and bring attention to certain international issues.[9] The secretary-general publishes an annual report on the work of the UN, which includes an assessment of its activities and an outline future priorities. The secretary-general is also the chairman of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), a body composed of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies, which meets twice a year to discuss substantive and management issues facing the United Nations System.[9]

Many of the secretary-general's powers are informal and left open to individual interpretation; some appointees have opted for more activist roles, while others have been more technocratic or administrative.[4] The secretary-general is often reliant upon the use of their "good offices", described as "steps taken publicly and in private, drawing upon his independence, impartiality and integrity, to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading".[9] Consequently, observers have variably described the office as the "world's most visible bully pulpit" or as the "world's moderator".[10][4] Examples include Dag Hammarskjöld's promotion of an armistice between the warring parties of Arab-Israel conflict, Javier Perez de Cuellar's negotiation of a ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq War, and U Thant's role in deescalating the Cuban Missile Crisis.[4]

The official residence of the secretary-general is a townhouse at 3 Sutton Place, Manhattan, in New York City, United States. The townhouse was built for Anne Morgan in 1921 and donated to the United Nations in 1972.[11]

The Secretary of the Treasury is responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policy, participating in the formulation of broad fiscal policies that have general significance for the economy, and managing the public debt. The Secretary oversees the activities of the Treasury Department in carrying out her major law enforcement responsibilities; in serving as the financial agent for the U.S. Government; and in manufacturing coins and currency.

The Secretary General is assisted in the discharge of his duties by a team of officers and staff including two Directors responsible for the Research Division and Support Services Division, six Heads of Department, the General Legal Counsel, Head of the Office of the Secretary General and the Internal Auditor who independently ascertains whether the ongoing processes for controlling financial and administrative operations at the Secretariat are adequately designed and functioning in an effective manner.

The work overload of the IFLA HQ, the lack of management capacity and the upcoming World Congress in Dublin in a few months have led the GB to appoint Halo Locher (Switzerland), a member of the GB, to take over some of the duties of the Secretary General with immediate effect until the recruitment of a new Secretary General. The GB is convinced that he has the skills and capacity to manage the situation together with the Deputy Secretary General, and IFLA staff, to ensure the Congress in Dublin is a success.

President-elect Antonia Arahova (Greece) is stepping down with immediate effect for urgent family matters, which will probably last a long period. According to IFLA statues (article 15.6) the GB has arranged that her duties will be temporarily covered by Nthabiseng Kotsokoane (South Africa). Perry Moree (Netherlands) as Treasurer, has stated that he can no longer combine his IFLA tasks with his daily job as CEO in the Netherlands. His function will be temporarily covered by Kirsten Boelt (Denmark). Both decisions to cover these duties were taken by the GB unanimously and in accordance with the Statutes. They are limited in time until the election process is completed, which will start immediately. GB would like to thank both Antonia and Perry for their dedication to IFLA and wish them both well.

In the event that the Secretary dies, resigns or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, and the office is thereby deemed to be vacant, the Deputy Secretary shall temporarily perform the functions and duties of the office in an acting capacity.

In instances where the office is not vacant, but all of the above principal officers are unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, the functions and duties of the offices shall be performed by the remaining principal officers in an order of seniority determined by date of appointment.

The secretary has a role in making sure that the agenda is not overloaded, which may include discussing with the chair and others what could be postponed to a later meeting, and what could be covered in a written report.

If you are new to your role as secretary, it is also worth finding out who is expected to attend, the organisations that they represent, and some of the issues which have been raised at previous meetings.

The secretary is responsible for sending out the papers for the meeting. This will include, but is not limited to, the agenda, the minutes of the last meeting, and any papers for discussion or information.

Once an action has been agreed, check who is going to undertake it. It is not uncommon for a meeting to agree that action is necessary, and what that action is, without assigning who is responsible for it. You, as secretary, can ensure that this does not happen. 041b061a72


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