Noticias — April 01, 2016

Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali Passes Away

The office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the passing of former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at the age of 93 in a statement made Tuesday, September 16.

“Mr. Boutros-Ghali is a memorable leader who rendered invaluable services to world peace and international order,” said Ki-moon. 


Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian politician and diplomat, served as the sixth Secretary-General of the U.N. from January 1992 to December 1996. During his time as Secretary-General he worked toward the pursuit for peace, beginning with his submission “An Agenda for Peace,” a suggestion for how the U.N. could respond to violent conflict. 


He served the U.N. during a time of Civil War in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda and the crisis of the Yugoslav Wars. Boutros-Ghali spent his term as Secretary-General fighting for peace to prevail. 


In 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali spoke during the JCI Conference for the United Nations 50th Anniversary, which was held in conjunction with the annual Global Affairs Leadership Seminar. He praised non-governmental organizations like JCI in assisting U.N. programs. 


“Often it is non-governmental organizations which on a day-to-day basis constitute the link between democracy and peace,” said Boutros-Ghali. 


It’s the words of leaders like Boutros-Ghali that resonate with global citizens and inspire others to believe that peace is possible.


On behalf of JCI members worldwide, 2016 JCI President Paschal Dike and JCI Secretary General Arrey Obenson would like to extend their deepest condolences to family and friends of Boutros-Ghali on the news of his passing. He will be remembered with respect and admiration for his efforts toward advancing peace globally. 

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