Secretary-General of the Conference of Santiago
|Secretary-General of of the Conference of Santiago|
|Residence||Santiago do Sacramento, Quinta-Velha|
|Term length||Six months contingent on the Chair's ability to command confidence in Parliament, no term limits|
|Inaugural holder||Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia|
|Formation||19 August 2021|
|Deputy||Thomas de Sena e Albuquerque|
The Secretary-General of the Conference of Santiago (Portuguese: Secretário-Geral da Conferência de Santiago, Spanish: Secretario General de la Conferencia de Santiago, French: Secrétaire Général de la Conférence de Santiago) is the chief administrative officer of the Conference of Santiago, head of the Conference of Santiago Plenary and of the Conference of Santiago Cabinet.
The office was established by the Statute of the Conference of Santiago in 16 August 2021, and on 19 August Oscar I, Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia, was elected first Secretary-General. The office is elected from among the heads of member states by an absolute majority vote of the Conference Plenary to serve six-month terms.
Originally, the Conference of Santiago was founded as a non-hierarchized direct democracy, on which the members of the Plenary could propose and speak freely and the representative of the member state who summoned the meeting acted as speaker. At the 6th Conference of Santiago summit in 13 December 2020, the Plenary members voted for the creation of the Conference of Santiago Cabinet, composed by seven completely autonomous secretariats subject to the Plenary as a whole. During this summit, the Stadhouder of the United Provinces of Mauritia proposed the creation of the office of Secretary-General to oversee and coordinate the works and goals of the secretariats and to lead the Conference of Santiago more cohesively. The matter was further discussed and at the 8th Conference of Santiago summit it was formalized, through the Statute of the Conference of Santiago, the creation of the office of Secretary-General with the unanimous election of the Emperor Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia.
Powers and duties
The Secretary-General of the Conference of Santiago is the head of the Conference of Santiago Cabinet, responsible for appointing the secretaries which form the cabinet and to coordinate and oversee their work and for representing the Cabinet in the Conference and beyond. The Secretary-General is also the head of the Conference of Santiago Plenary in which he exercises the function of speaker of the house. While plenary sessions can be convened by representatives of all member states of the Conference, it is up to the Secretary-General to set the tone and manage the sessions. The officeholder also has the right to cast a casting vote to end ties in decisions taken by the plenary. Furthermore, it is the duty of the Secretary-General to convene frequent sessions of the plenary to discuss the topics on the agenda, both those defined by him and those presented by the representatives of other member states and to preside over voting and elections. It is in the exclusive prerrogative of the Secretary-General ro confer the Medal for the Conferential Merit at the end of his term.
List of secretaries general
|Term of office|
|1||Oscar von Goëtzën
|19 August 2021||5 January 2022|
|2||Arthur van der Bruyn
|5 January 2022||5 July 2022|
|3||File:King of Quinta Velha.jpg||Thomas de Sena e Albuquerque
|5 July 2022||5 January 2023|
|4||Lucas Frederico Guilherme de Frag
|5 January 2023||5 July 2023|
|5 July 2023||present|