After serving as the United Nations' fifth Secretary-General, this prominent politician and diplomat briefly held office as Peru's 135th Prime Minister.
After attending the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, he began his career with his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He lost the 1995 Peruvian presidential race to Alberto Fujimori.
His first marriage, to Yvette Roberts, resulted in children named Francisco and Agueda Cristina. He later married Marcela Temple Seminario.
In late 1981, he replaced Austrian diplomat Kurt Waldheim as U.N. Secretary-General.