Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

5th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1920-2020)

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (January 19, 1920 – March 4, 2020) was a Peruvian diplomat who served as the fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1991. In 1995, he ran unsuccessfully against Alberto Fujimori for President of Peru. He was Peru's Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2000 until July 2001.

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (2008)


  • It is ironic that the accumulation of arms is one of the few expanding industries in a period of economic depression and gloom.
    • UN Secretary-General, as quoted in Watching the World, Awake! magazine (22 October 1982).
  • Some 500,000 scientists all over the world are devoting their knowledge to the search for weaponry more sophisticated and more deadly.
    • Stated reinforcing his warning to the United Nations. Cited in the article: Apocalypse—What Is It?, The Watchtower magazine, 2/15, 1986.

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