Facts and information about all of the Secretaries-General of the United Nations
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|Name||Nationality||Dates in Office||Image||Biographical Fact||Interesting Fact||Notable Life Achievement||Appointment as Secretary-General||Writings and Statements||As Secretary-General …||While serving as Secretary General …|
|Trygve Halvdan Lie||Norwegian||1946–53||He grew up in relative poverty before earning a law degree and entering politics.||He was once the editor in chief of a periodical published by a political party in his home country.||He participated in drafting the Security Council provisions of the UN charter.||He was selected to be the first Secretary-General of the UN.||He was a prolific author, with a long list of published books.||He supported the creation of the state of Israel.||He worked for the withdrawal of Soviet forces in Iran and a ceasefire to fighting in Kashmir.|
|Dag Hammarskjöld||Swedish||1953–61||He died in a plane crash in Africa while on a UN peace mission to the Congo.||He was a very spiritual man with a deep interest in poetry and religion.||He posthumously received the Nobel Peace Prize.||He was selected to be the second Secretary-General of the UN due to his reputation as a competent technocrat.||His only book, "Markings," is a collection of reflections from his diary.||He helped to resolve a dispute over the Suez Canal.||He organized the first UN conference on the peaceful use of atomic energy.|
|U Thant||Burmese||1962–71||When he was a child, his father was the only person in the town who could communicate well in English.||He had a strong interest in reports of UFOs.||He participated in the conference that gave birth to the Non-Aligned Movement.||He was selected as the third Secretary-General of the UN following the death of the previous office-holder||He regularly contributed to several newspapers and magazines under the pen name "Thilawa."||He played a key role in addressing the Cuban Missile Crisis.||He was publicly critical of American conduct in the Vietnam War.|
|Kurt Waldheim||Austrian||1972–81||He has faced allegations of being complicit in Nazi war crimes.||In 1994, Pope John Paul II awarded him a knighthood in the Order of Pius IX.||After serving as UN Secretary-General, he was elected President of his home country.||He was selected as the 4th Secretary-General of the UN just after being defeated in a presidential election.||He published a memoir called "In the Eye of the Storm."||He flew to Iran in an attempt to negotiate the release of the American hostages held in Tehran.||He played a key role in the UN Conference on the Human Environment, the first major UN conference on the environment.|
|Javier Pérez de Cuéllar||Peruvian||1982–91||He continued to serve as his home country's ambassador to France until age 84.||He was portrayed in a movie produced by the BBC.||He is an accomplished pianist.||He was selected as the 5th Secretary-General of the UN, and the first to come from the Americas.||He is the author of an academic book on diplomatic law.||He mediated between Britain and Argentina in the aftermath of the Falklands War.||He participated in the negotiations for the independence of Namibia.|
|Boutros Boutros-Ghali||Egyptian||1992–96||His grandfather was a former Prime Minister, and his grandmother was a prominent historian.||He was a Christian from a majority Muslim country.||After leaving the UN, he became the first Secretary-General of La Francophonie, an organization of French-speaking nations.||He was selected as the 6th Secretary-General of the UN, but only served one term.||He authored "An Agenda for Peace," a suggestion for how the UN could respond to violent conflict.||He worked to address the violence that followed the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia.||He faced criticism for the UN's failure to act during the Rwandan Genocide.|
|Kofi Annan||Ghanaian||1997–2006||He studied management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States||After leaving the UN, he worked on peace on human rights issues with President Jimmy Carter.||He received a Nobel Peace prize (shared with the UN) for his prioritization of human rights as UN Secretary-General||He was selected as teh 7th Secretary-General of the UN, and the first to come from sub-Saharan Africa.||He authored a five-point "Call to Action" to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic.||He played a key role in the creation of the Millennium Development Goals.||He promoted the "Responsibility to Protect," a doctrine asserting the responsibility of the international community to prevent genocide.|
|Ban Ki-Moon||South Korean||2007–2016 (still serving)||He does not consider himself a member of any religious group.||He has been criticized for his lack of fluency in English and French.||In 2013, Forbes magazine called him one of the most powerful people in the world.||He was not initially seen as a serious candidate, but was ultimately selected as the 8th Secretary-General of the UN.||He delivered a speech titled "The Time Has Come" to the UN Security Council, in which he urged greater recognition of LGBT rights.||He repeatedly identified the Darfur crisis as the top humanitarian priority of his administration.||He was involved in efforts to address the Syrian civil war and European migrant crisis.|
|António Guterres||Portuguese||2017- (elected, but not yet serving)||He has been a key player in the Socialist party in his home country.||He served as the UN High Commisioner for Refugees.||He served two terms as Prime Minister of his home country.||He has been selected as the 9th Secretary-General of the UN in 2016. His term starts in 2017.||He has been a vocal advocate for a more humane approach by European countries to the Mediterranean refugee crisis.||He will inherit the challenges of addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.||He will begin his term in the same month that Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States.|