chapter  6
Reaching out to broader publics
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The institutional position of the Secretary-General at the summit of the Secretariat and his steady involvement with the decisional process in other organs opens the way to both policy and administrative initiatives. Yet the political aims of the UN members constrain him. The design of the UN Charter clearly implies that governments, not broad publics, must get primary attention. But each occupant of the office in bold or cloaked ways has taken noteworthy initiatives on both existing conflicts and long-term global policies. Some of these were highly public or related to issues well beyond conventional diplomatic agendas. The outcomes varied from rejection to accepted leadership. Furthermore, some of these initiatives have involved reaching out to increasingly broad publics.