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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|