Trygve Lies unmöglichster Job der Welt

Translated title of the contribution: Trygve Lie's The World’s Most Impossible Job

Kirsten Haack*

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Seventy years ago, Trygve Lie, the first UN Secretary-General, left office less than half way through a second term. By revisiting his time in office by way of comparison with his successors, we can provide alternative accounts of Lie’s tenure. While Lie was equally as qualified and experienced as his contemporaries and successors, the emerging political context of the Cold War posed novel challenges that his successors did not experience. Lie set a range of procedural and substantive precedence in shaping the role of Secretary-General - the chief administrator.
Translated title of the contributionTrygve Lie's The World’s Most Impossible Job
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalVereinte Nationen
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2023

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