This is a plain text list of List of United Nations Secretary Generals in Alphabetical Order. Note that the United Nations Secretary Generals is dynamic and malleable in terms of who is the secretary general at any given time. Therefore the list, though accurate when it was created, was last updated on June 17, 2020. Please let us know if a new country has joined or a country has left the U.N. since this list was last updated. If you’re looking for a list of OPEC Countries, visit that link instead.
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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
António Guterres (current)
António Guterres is the 9th Secretary General of the UN and he assumed the role on January 1st, 2017. Like many devoted member so the U.N.,Guterres cites his experience working at refugee camps and in war zones as his reason for joining the U.N. where he ultimately rose to become Secretary General in 2017 as mentioned. The role of the Secretary General has been criticized for their inability to actually take action and make an impact where one is needed, mostly due to variability and the autonomy that sovereign state’s have in regards to how they deal with foreign nationals. Nonetheless, as the U.N.’s official bio of the current Secretary General states the role of the secretary general is to is to be:
“Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesman for the interests of the world’s peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable among them.”
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