Trygve Halvdan Lie, Norway (1946 - 1952)
As Secretary General, Lie worked for the withdrawal of Soviet forces in Iran and a ceasefire to fighting in Kashmir.india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 20:18 IST
UN Tenure: Prior to the appointment of Trygve Lie in 1946-the first UN Secretary-General -- Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb served as Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations in August 1945.
Jebb served as the Acting United Nations Secretary-General from October 1945 to February 1946.
Lie, a Norwegian politician, led the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations conference in San Francisco in 1946 and was a leader in drafting the provisions of the United Nations Security Council.
He was the leader of the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations general assembly in 1946.
As Secretary General, Lie supported the foundation of Israel and Indonesia. He worked for the withdrawal of Soviet forces in Iran and a ceasefire to fighting in Kashmir.
He has been criticized for his failures to facilitate negotiation in the Berlin Blockade, as well as his failure to bring about a swift end to the Korean War.
His critics argue that he was under the influence of a select few in the UN Secretariat. He has also been criticised for his arrogance and stubbornness.
Lie remained active in Norwegian politics even after he resigned from the UN.
He was the Governor of Oslo and Akershus, Chairman of the Board of Energy, Minister of the Interior, and Minister of Trade.
Lie died on December 30, 1968 of a heart attack. He was 72 years old.