The Secretary-General is the chief administrative officer of the United Nations and the public face of the organization. His role is more of a diplomatic one because he has limited powers beyond that of persuasion.

UN Secretaries-General:

1997-: Kofi Annan (Ghana)
1992-1996: Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Egypt)
1982-1991: Javier Perez de Cuellar (Peru)
1972-1981: Kurt Waldheim (Austria)
1961-1971: U Thant (Myanmar(Burma))
1953-1961: Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden)
1946-1952: Trygve Lie (Norway)

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