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Boutros Boutros-Gahli was born in Cairo, Egypt, 14 November 1922. He graduated from Cairo University in 1946 and received a Phd. in International Law from the University of Paris and a Diploma in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris in 1949. From 1979-1999 he was Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University. In 1975 he was made President of the Centre of Political and Strategic Studies and in 1980 became President of the African Society of Political Studies. From 1954-1955 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Columbia University, from 1963-1964 he was Director of Research at the Hague Academy of International Law and from 1967-1968 was Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at Paris University. He is also the Honorary Rector of the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, a branch of Kyunghee University Seoul.
From 1977 until 1991 Gahli was Egypt’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs before becoming Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs where he played a part in the Peace Agreement between President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
In 1991 he was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations. His Agenda for Peace suggested how the UN might respond to violent conflict however he was criticized for the UN failing to respond to the genocide in Rowanda two years later and for being unable to muster support from the UN to intervene in the ongoing Angola Civil War. His name also became linked to the ineffectiveness of the UN in dealing with the crisis after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. In 1996 the United States vetoed his nomination for a second term and he became the only Secretary-General of the United Nations not to hold a second term.
After serving at the UN, Boutros Boutros-Gahli was made Secretary-General of La Francophonie from 1997-2002 and Chairman of the Board of the South Centre from 2003-2006. He became the Director of the Egyptian National Council of Human Rights in 2003 and currently holds this position as well as that of President of the Curatorium Administrative Council at the Hague Academy of International Law.