Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations is the deputy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.[2][3] It was created by the General Assembly at the end of 1997.[1]

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
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Nigeria Amina J. Mohammed

since 1 January 2017
United Nations
United Nations Secretariat
StyleHer Excellency
Reports toThe Secretary-General
SeatUN Headquarters
New York City, USA
AppointerThe Secretary-General
The Secretary-General appoints the Deputy Secretary-General following consultations with Member States and in accordance with Article 101 of the Charter of the United Nations.[1]
Term lengthSee below
The term of office of the Deputy Secretary-General must not exceed that of the Secretary-General.[1]
Constituting instrumentGeneral Assembly Resolution 52/12 B[1]
PrecursorDeputy Secretary-General of the League of Nations
Inaugural holderCanada Louise Fréchette
WebsiteDeputy Secretary-General


No. Deputy Secretary-General Portrait Country Term Secretary-General
1 Louise FréchetteLouise Fréchette     Canada 2 March 1998 – 1 April 2006   Kofi Annan
2 Mark Malloch BrownMark Malloch Brown     United Kingdom 1 April 2006 – 31 December 2006
3 Asha-Rose MigiroAsha-Rose Migiro     Tanzania 5 February 2007 – 1 July 2012   Ban Ki-moon
4 Jan EliassonJan Eliasson     Sweden 1 July 2012 – 31 December 2016
5 Amina J. MohammedAmina J. Mohammed[4]     Nigeria 1 January 2017 – present   António Guterres


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United Nations. General Assembly (52nd Session) (1998-01-09). "Renewing the United Nations: a program for reform (A/RES/52/12 B)" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  2. United Nations. General Assembly (52nd Session) (1997-10-07). "Report of the Secretary-General, Addendum (A/51/950/Add.1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  3. United Nations. General Assembly (52nd Session) (1997-11-10). "Letter dated 10 November 1997 from the Secretary-General to the President of the General Assembly (A/52/585)" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  4. "Respecting gender parity and geographical diversity pledges, SG-designate Guterres appoints core team members". UN News Centre. United Nations. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.