The Secretary-General is elected among the Member States of OPANAL and is the chief officer of the Agency. The term of office of the Secretary-General shall be four years and he may be re-elected for a single additional term.
In accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, the Secretary-General may not be a national of the host country of the Agency.
Among the obligations of the Secretary-General are to ensure, in accordance with Article 10, paragraph 5 of the Treaty, that the Control System established by the Treaty functions properly.
In addition to the functions conferred on him by the Treaty and those assigned by the General Conference, he shall act as such in all sessions of the General Conference, the Council and any other subsidiary body.
The Secretary-General submits an annual report to the General Conference on the activities of the Agency and proposes matters which he considers relevant for the attainment of the aims of the Treaty.
It establishes procedures for the distribution to all States Parties of information of interest to the Agency.
Through Resolution CG/E/Res.566 (XXII-E), adopted on 7 November 2013 by the General Conference of OPANAL, Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares was unanimously elected as Secretary-General of the Agency for the period covering from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2017.
During the XXV Session of the General Conference of OPANAL, within the framework of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco (14 February 2017), the Member States of OPANAL re-elected Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares as Secretary-General for the period covering from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021 (resolution CG/Res.01/2017).