Q. Consider the following statements regarding United Nations (UN):
1. All UN Member States are members of the General Assembly.
2. The Secretary-General of UN is appointed for a 5-year, renewable term.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C

The UN’s Membership has grown from the original 51 Member States in 1945 to the current 193 Member States. 

  • All UN Member States are members of the General Assembly.  States are admitted to membership by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. 
  • The Secretary-General is Chief Administrative Officer of the UN – and is also a symbol of the Organization’s ideals and an advocate for all the world’s peoples, especially the poor and vulnerable. 
  • The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council for a 5-year, renewable term. 
  • The current Secretary-General, and the 9th occupant of the post, is António Guterres of Portugal, who took office on 1 January 2017. 

Source: https://www.un.org/en/about-us/