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Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb

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Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb served as the first acting secretary-general of the United Nations from 1945 to 1946. Born in the United Kingdom in 1900, Gladwyn entered the British Foreign Service at 24 years old when he took a post in Tehran, Iran. Gladwyn advanced through the British government and was named head of the country’s foreign office in 1942. Gladwyn became heavily involved in the development of the UN as he helped direct the first draft of United Nations Charter. In 1945, Gladwyn was installed as acting secretary-general of the United Nations and held the post until elections could be conducted the following year. After completing his duties as acting secretary-general, Gladwyn served as Britain’s first representative to the United Nations and later as Britain’s ambassador to France from 1954 to 1960. A gifted speaker and writer, Gladwyn composed the Memoirs of Lord Gladwyn in 1972 and passed away in 1996.

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