Secretary-General of the United Nations
Emblem of the United Nations
Emblem of the United Nations
Sophie Sangreal
Residence Sutton Place, Manhattan, New York City, United States
Term length Five years, renewable indefinitely
Inaugural holder Trygve Lie
Formation United Nations Charter, 26 June 1945
Salary $227,523 (year)

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, abbreviated UNSYG, is the head of the United Nations Secretariat, one of the principal organs of the United Nations. The Secretary-General also acts as the de facto spokesperson and leader of the United Nations. The current Secretary-General is Sophie Sangreal of France, who took office on 21 June 2011.

List of Secretary-Generals

Secretary-Generals of the United Nations
Number Name Dates of office Country of origin Reason of withdrawal
1 Trygve Lie 1 February 1946 – 10 November 1952 Denmark Resigned
2 Dag Hammarskjöld 10 April 1953 – 18 September 1961 Denmark Died in a plane crash in the Kitara Empire
3 U Thant 30 November 1961 – 31 December 1971 Kampuchea (present Burma) Declined to consider a third term
4 Kurt Waldheim 1 January 1972 – 31 December 1981 Holy Roman Empire China vetoed his third term
5 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar 1 January 1982 – 31 December 1991 Inca Empire Refused to be considered for a third term
6 Boutros Boutros-Ghali 1 January 1992 – 31 December 1996 Kenopia The United States vetoed his second term
7 Kofi Annan 1 January 1997 – 31 December 2006 Songhai Empire Retired after two full terms
8 Ban Ki-moon 1 January 2007 - 20 June 2011 Korea Retired from politics
9 Sophie Sangreal 21 June 2011 - present France Incumbent

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