Secretariat

     The Secretariat of the Compensation Commission is headed by the Executive Secretary who is appointed by the UN Secretary-General after consultation with the Governing Council.  Since the establishment of the Commission in 1991, the staff of the Secretariat have come from approximately 60 different countries and at the height of claims processing, the Secretariat was made up of approximately 300 lawyers, accountants, loss adjusters and information technology specialists.

     The Secretariat services the Governing Council, providing administrative, technical and legal support. During the claims processing phase of the work programme, the Secretariat also provided similar support to the panels of Commissioners.

     With the completion of claims processing in 2007, the UNCC Secretariat downsized to a residual format in line with a decision taken by the Governing Council at its fifty-eighth session in December 2005 to maintain the Compensation Fund under the continuing oversight of the Governing Council, supported by a small Secretariat, until payment in full of all awarded claims.  

      The Secretariat's work is now focused on payment related activities and ensuring that the outstanding balance of US$4.4 billion is paid in full.