Trygve Lie, first UN Secretary-General

Norwegian lawyer and politician Trygve Lie was the United Nations first Secretary General from 1946 to 1953. Read more about his life and legacy, and learn about some of the policies he inspired.

Norwegian lawyer and politician Trygve Lie was the United Nations first Secretary General. He held the post for seven years, from 1946 to 1953, and famously described it as "the most difficult job in the world". In the aftermath of the Second World War and at the onset of the Cold War, Lie sought to make his office a “source for peace”. Read more

The Annual Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms seeks to explore ways in which the international community can strengthen its promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental...

The Trygve Lie Youth Challenge is an annual creative and educational competition named after the Norwegian politician and lawyer that became the UNs first Secretary-General. The competition is a...