List of Secretaries General of the United Nations

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council. Find out the list of Secretaries General of the United Nations till date for general awareness.
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List of Secretaries General of the United Nations
List of Secretaries General of the United Nations

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council. The Secretary-General's selection is therefore subject to the veto of any of the five permanent members of the Security Council. Mr. Antonio Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1 January 2017.

List of Secretaries General of the United Nations

Secretary-General

Dates in office

Country of origin

UN Regional Group

Gladwyn Jebb

24 October 1945 –
1 February 1946

 United Kingdom

Western European & Others

Trygve Lie

2 February 1946 –
10 November 1952

 Norway

Western European & Others

Dag Hammarskjöld

10 April 1953 –
18 September 1961

 Sweden

Western European & Others

U Thant

30 November 1961 –
31 December 1971

 Burma

Asian

Kurt Waldheim

1 January 1972 –
31 December 1981

 Austria

Western European & Others

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

1 January 1982 –
31 December 1991

 Peru

Latin American & Caribbean

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1 January 1992 –
31 December 1996

 Egypt

African

Kofi Annan

1 January 1997 –
31 December 2006

 Ghana

African

Ban Ki-moon

1 January 2007– 2016

 South Korea

Asia-Pacific

Antonio Guterres

Jan. 1, 2017– Till date

Portugal

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Although there is technically no limit to number of five-year terms a Secretary-General may serve, none so far has held office for more than two terms.

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