Jean Gazarian

Jean Gazarian, who joined the UN Secretariat in 1946 as a translator, worked closely with several Secretaries-General. He has been a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) since 1987.

Ban Ki-moon has taken the "most impossible job in the world", as Trygve Lie famously said about the role of the Secretary-General. The Charter of the United Nations included the Secretariat among its principal organs, most certainly to grant some political prerogatives to the Secretary-General.