UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Democracy within the family of nations means the application of its principles within the world Organization itself. This requires the fullest consultation, participation and engagement of all States, large and small, in the work of the Organization.”

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 17 June 1992.




Boutros Boutros-Ghali became the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 January 1992, when he began a five-year term. Mr. Boutros-Ghali was born in Cairo on 14 November 1922.

Mr. Boutros-Ghali received a Ph.D. in international law from Paris University in 1949. Between 1949 and 1977, Mr. Boutros-Ghali was Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University. From 1974 to 1977, he was a member of the Central Committee and Political Bureau of the Arab Socialist Union.

He was a member of the International Law Commission from 1979 until 1991, and is a former member of the International Commission of Jurists. He became a member of the Egyptian Parliament in 1987 and was part of the secretariat of the National Democratic Party from 1980. Until assuming the office of Secretary-General of the United Nations, he was also Vice- President of the Socialist International.

In September 1978, Mr. Boutros-Ghali attended the Camp David Summit Conference and had a role in negotiating the Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel, which were signed in 1979. He also headed Egypt's delegation to the General Assembly sessions in 1979, 1982 and 1990.


Archival Finding Aids for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali Fonds AG-028 

Fonds consists of archives of Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, relating to his responsibilities as chief administrative officer of the Secretariat and as chief coordinator of the legislative, political, socio-economic, and military bodies of the United Nations. The Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali fonds will open to the public beginning in 2013. Fonds is arranged in the following archival series.



Series Title References 
UN-wide Policy   S-1081
Intra-Organisational Relations S-1082
Inter-Agency relations S-1083
Intergovernmental Programmes and Initiatives S-1084
Issues S-1085
External Relations S-1086
Press Matters and Public Relations S-1087
Secretary-General's Activities S-1088
Administration and Finance S-1089
Secretary-General Personal S-1090