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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

The United Nations brings together a unique wealth of expertise and resources on rule of law issues. This expertise and these resources need to be marshaled. Coordination and coherence are essential to ensuring that the UN is effective in delivering on its mandates and responding to emerging challenges in the rule of law field. Eliminating overlap and duplication, minimizing inefficiencies and maximizing synergies are also priorities.

In his capacity of assisting the Secretary-General in managing the operations of the Secretariat, the Deputy Secretary-General plays a key leadership role in system-wide coordination, ensuring inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes. Member States have confirmed their full support for the overall coordination and coherence role of the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group within the UN system supported by the Rule of Law Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, under the leadership of the Deputy Secretary-General (A/RES/63/128, A/RES/64/116, A/RES/65/32).

The Secretary-General submits to the General Assembly an annual report on UN rule of law activities, in particular on the work of the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group and the Rule of Law Unit, with special regard to the improvement of the coordination, coherence and effectiveness of rule of law activities.