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United Nations and its Secretaries Generals

The history of the United Nations as an international organization has its origins in World War II. US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first suggested using the name United Nations to refer to the Allies of World War II. Franklin Roosevelt adopted the name and the first official use of the term occurred on January 1, 1942 with the Declaration by the United Nations.

Name

Period

Nationality

Trygve Halvdan Lie

1946 ― 1952

Norway

Dag Hammarskjold

1952 ― 1961

Sweden

U Thant

1961 ― 1971

Myanmar

Kurt Waldheim

1972 ― 1981

Austria

Javier Perez de Cuellar

1982 ― 1991

Peru

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1992 ― 1996

Egypt

Kofi Annan

1997 ― 2006

Ghana

Ban Ki Moon

2007 ―

South Korea

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