Javier Perez de Cuellar

Country: Peru

Tenure: 1982-1991

Biography: http://www.un.org/News/ossg/sg/stories/decuellar_bio.asp

Current Positions:

  • Retired

Past Positions:

  • Peruvian Ambassador to France (2001-2004)
  • Appointed Peruvian Prime Minister by interim president Valentin Paniagua (2000)
  • Secretary-General, United Nations (1982-1991)
  • Acted as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative on the situation relating to Afghanistan (1981)
  • Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru (1981)
  • UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1979)
  • Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus (1975)
  • President of the Security Council (1974)
  • Permanent representative of Peru to the UN (1971-1975), represented Peru in the Security Council (1973-1974)
  • Promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 1962 and subsequently served as Ambassador of Peru to Switzerland, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Venezuela
  • Member of the Peruvian delegation to the General Assembly at its first session (1946)
  • Served as Secretary at the Peruvian embassies in France, the United Kingdom, Bolivia, and Brazil
  • Joined the Diplomatic Service (1944)
  • Joined the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1940)


  • Law Degree from the Universidad Catolica de Lima

General Information:

  • Recipient of the Medal of Freedom from President George H.W. Bush (1991)
  • His professional experience includes Professor of International Law at the Peruvian Diplomatic School and Professor of International Relations at the Peruvian School of Air Warfare
  • Recipient of numerous Doctorates Honoris Causa and has received honors and decorations from 25 countries