Office of the Deputy Secretary-General

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The Office of the Deputy Secretary General was created in 1997 to:

a. assist the Secretary-General in managing the operations of the Secretariat;

b. act for the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters in the absence of the Secretary-General and in other cases as may be decided by the Secretary-General;

c. support the Secretary-General in ensuring intersectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes and to support the Secretary-General in elevating the profile and leadership of the United Nations in the economic and social spheres, including further efforts to strengthen the United Nations as a leading center for development policy and development assistance;

d. represent the Secretary-General at conferences, official functions and ceremonial and other occasions as may be decided by the Secretary-General;

e. undertake such assignments as may be determined by the Secretary-General.

Ms. Louise Fréchette served as Deputy Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006, and as part of her work she chaired the Steering Committee on Reform and Management Policy and the Advisory Board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP). Her papers comprise three series, including external relations, trips and activities. These match the series arrangement established for the papers of Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Fréchette was the Deputy Minister in her native country of Canada’s Department of Finance. In addition, she served as the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations from 1992 to 1995. She also worked as First Secretary at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1978 to 1982. After acting as Deputy Director of the Trade Policy Division in the Department of External Affairs from 1982 to 1983, Ms. Fréchette became Director of the European Summit Division from 1983 to 1985. She received her first ambassadorship in 1985, performing as Canada’s ambassador to Argentina with concurrent accreditation to Uruguay and Paraguay.

Ms. Fréchette resigned as Deputy-Secretary General in April of 2006 and was succeeded by Mark Malloch Brown, who served as Interim DSG until December of that year -- these records are present in Series 1184.

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