Appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Security Council and described by the Charter of the United Nations as the chief administrative officer of the Organization, the Secretary-General establishes general policies and provides overall guidance to the United Nations. Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of UN ideals and a spokesperson for the people of the world, particularly the poor and most vulnerable. 

These collections include images of the day-to-day work of the United Nations Secretaries-General, from attending sessions of UN bodies, meeting world leaders, and worldwide travel to gain first-hand knowledge of a vast array of issues of global concern.