Who is and has been Secretary-General of the United Nations?
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2018
António Guterres is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations.
He is the ninth Secretary-General, his term began 1 January 2017.
The list of Secretaries-General, with the date of their term in office, is:
1. Trygve Lie, from Norway, 1946-1952
2. Dag Hammarskjöld, from Sweden, 1953-1961
3. U Thant, from Burma (now Myanmar), 1961-1971
4. Kurt Waldheim, from Austria, 1972-1981
5. Javier Perez de Cuellar, from Peru, 1982-1991
6. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, from Egypt, 1992-1996
7. Kofi A. Annan, from Ghana, 1997-2006
8. Ban Ki-Moon, from Republic of Korea, 2007-2016
9. António Guterres, from Portugal, 2017-Present
Gladwyn Jebb, from the United Kingdom, served as Acting Secretary-General from 24 October 1945 - 1 February 1946.
The Research Guide on the Secretariat provides links to more information about the appointments and additional resources held by the Library for each Secretary-General.
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