This article is about the United Nations Secretary General. For information about the Secretaries General who organise and run Model United Nations Conferences, see Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the figurehead of the organisation. Elected by the General Assembly, the Secretary-General is responsible for the administration of the United Nations in all of its forms, and is a spokesperson for the body. Once elected, a Secretary-General serves a term of five years, and can be re-elected as many times as they wish.

Coincidently, Secretaries-General of the past have usually been from a continent different to their predecessor, and have been from countries with little or no political importance, as to elect someone from a powerful nation might give too much importance to that state. Apart from the first Secretary-General, who was in the position only as a temporary measure whilst the UN was gathering momentum, members of the Permanent 5 are not permitted to be Secretaries-General.

The Secretary-General is supported in his or her roles by various Under-Secretaries and a Deputy Secretary General.

Past Secretaries-GeneralEdit

PortraitSecretary-GeneralDates in officeCountry of origin
Sr. Gladwyn JebbGladwyn Jebb24 October 1945 – 1 February 1946Flag of United Kingdom
Trygve LieTrygve Lie1 February 1946 – 10 November 1952Flag of Norway
Dag Hammarskjöld croppedDag Hammarskjöld10 April 1953 – 18 September 1961 Flag of Sweden
U-Thant-10617U Thant
30 November 1961 – 31 December 1971Flag of Myanmar
Kurt WaldheimKurt Waldheim1 January 1972 – 31 December 1981Flag of Austria
Javier Pérez de CuéllarJavier Pérez de Cuéllar1 January 1982 – 31 December 1991Flag of Peru
Boutros Boutros-GhaliBoutros Boutros-Ghali1 January 1992 – 31 December 1996Flag of Egypt
Kofi AnnanKofi Annan1 January 1997 – 31 December 2006 Flag of Ghana
Ban Ki-moon by UNDPBan Ki-moon1 January 2007 – present Flag of South Korea
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