Jan Eliasson

Former politician, diplomat and Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson was born in 1940 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Jan was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by the Swedish government in 2006, and worked as Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly between 2012-2016.

fd20e4b6-b69e-4c47-93c6-6eb71f3c76fe
Photo: aftonbladet.se

In the early eighties Eliasson worked as advisor in the war between Iran and Irak, and in 1988-1991 he operated as ambassador to the UN in New York City. In October 1994 Jan had a role as a mediator in the war between Armenia and Azerbajdzjan. 

gettyimages-181690765-612x612
Photo: Getty Images

Eliasson went back to New York as ambassador for The UN assembly between 2000 and 2005, and in 2005 he was the first Swede ever to be elected Secreteray-General of the United Nations.