chapter  4
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The Presidency of the UNGA and the Case of The UNGA: formation and function

BySouth Africa (1974) 45

It is diffi cult to exaggerate the extent to which good chairmanship can facilitate, and bad chairmanship can obstruct, the work of the Assembly. It is true that a good chairman cannot prevent a UN organ from getting into a procedural tangle on occasions, since some procedural situations that arise are unpredictable and complicated. But an incompetent presiding offi cer can, single-handedly, create procedural chaos if he does not understand the Rules, or does not enforce them, or acts in a dictatorial or partisan manner.