Egypt — The Egyptian diplomat and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died today, February 16, at the age of 93 in Cairo.
The death of the first African Secretary General was announced today by the president of the UN Security Council, Rafael Ramirez.
The Security Council observed a minute’s silence for Boutros-Ghali who was admitted last week at a hospital in Cairo.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who is the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations was elected to head the position in January 1992 until December 1996. He was succeeded by another African, Ghanaian Kofi Annan.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali was born in Cairo on 14 November 1922 into a Coptic Christian family.
He 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 1949–1979, 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 of 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. He is also the Honorary Rector of the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, a branch of Kyunghee University Seoul.