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The United Nations Secretary-General is one of the most important people in the United Nations. The Secretary-General is important in international talks. The current Secretary-General is António Guterres.

Secretaries-General

Photo Secretary-General Dates in office Country of origin Remarks
Sr. Gladwyn Jebb.jpg Sir Gladwyn Jebb October 24, 1945–
February 2, 1946
United Kingdom
Europe
Acting Secretary-General
1 Trygve Lie 1938.jpg Trygve Lie February 2, 1946 –
November 10, 1952
Norway
Europe
Resigned
2 Dag Hammarskjold-2 (cropped).jpg Dag Hammarskjöld April 10, 1953 –
September 18, 1961
Sweden
(Europe)
Died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia)
3 U Thant at UN press conference.PNG U Thant November 30, 1961 –
December 31, 1971
Burma
Asia
Retired after 2nd term for personal reasons
4 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-M0921-014, Beglaubigungsschreiben DDR-Vertreter in UNO new.png Kurt Waldheim January 1, 1972 –
December 31, 1981
Austria
Europe
Chinese veto for his third term
5 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (1982).jpg Javier Pérez de Cuéllar January 1, 1982 –
December 31, 1991
Peru
South America
Refused a third term
6 Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1980).jpg Boutros Boutros-Ghali January 1, 1992 –
December 31, 1996
Egypt
Africa
American veto of his second term
7 Kofi Annan 2012 (cropped).jpg Kofi Annan January 1, 1997–
December 31, 2006
Ghana
Africa
Retired after two terms
8 Ban Ki-moon February 2016.jpg Ban Ki-moon January 1, 2007–
December 31, 2016
South Korea
Asia
Retired after two terms
9 António Guterres November 2016.jpg António Guterres January 1, 2017–
present
Portugal
Europe

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