Historical Who is Who


1909 - 1974
Burma / Myanmar United States


From a Burmese Buddhist background, as a teacher he became active in national politics. He had senior ministerial roles including responsibility for Education and subsequently as Ambassador to the UN. He became Secretary General of the United Nations following Dag Hammarskjold’s death. He held that position 1961 – 71 coincidental with the UN’s Development Decade. Mediation in conflict situations and global equity were his evident priorities throughout.

U Thant, third UN Secretary General (2 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2nwvLUSPaU

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