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Perez de Cuellar's second term as Secretary-General concluded, as scheduled, on December 31, 1991. A suitable candidate, Boutros Boutros Ghali of Egypt, was agreed upon in late December 1991.

Boutros Boutros Ghali (14 November 1922 16 February 2016) was an Egyptian politician and diplomat who was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from January 1992 to December 1996.

An academic and former Vice Foreign Minister of Egypt, Boutros-Ghali oversaw the UN over a period coinciding with several world crises, including the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Rwandan genocide. He was then the first Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie from 16 November 1997 to 31 December 2002.

Early life and education

Boutros Boutros-Ghali was born in Cairo, Egypt, on 14 November 1922 into a Coptic Christian family.

His father Yusuf Butros Ghali was the son of Boutros Ghali Bey then Pasha (also his namesake), who was Prime Minister of Egypt from 1908 until he was assassinated in 1910.

His mother Safela Mikhail Sharubim was daughter of Mikhail Sharubim (18611920), a prominent public servant and historian.

Boutros-Ghali graduated from Cairo University in 1946.

He received a PhD in international law from the University of Paris and diploma in international relations from the Sciences Po in 1949. During 19491979, he was appointed Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University. He became President of the Centre of Political and Strategic Studies in 1975 and President of the African Society of Political Studies in 1980.

He was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Columbia University from 1954 to 1955, Director of the Centre of Research at The Hague Academy of

International Law from 1963 to 1964, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at Paris University from 1967 to 1968. In 1986 he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Law at Uppsala University, Sweden. He was also the Honorary Rector of the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, a branch of Kyunghee University Seoul.

Political career

Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Moshe Dayan at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (October 1979)

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