Appointment of the Secretary-General

Appointment of the Secretary-General

The appointment of the Secretary-General according to Article 21 of the Convention shall be by a contract approved in each case by Congress. A Secretary-General may serve a maximum of two four-year terms.

Article 22 of the WMO Convention stipulates that

(a) The Secretary-General is responsible to the President of the Organization for the technical and administrative work of the Secretariat

(b) In the performance of her/his duties, the Secretary-General shall not seek or receive instructions from any authority external to the Organization. She/he shall refrain from any action which might reflect on their position as an international officer. Each Member of the Organization on its part shall respect the exclusively international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and not seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities to the Organization.

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