Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, the current president of the UN Security Council, confirmed the Egyptian politician and diplomat passed away on Tuesday (16Feb16).

Born in Cairo in 1922, he studied international law before rising to become his country's foreign minister in 1977, a post he served in for 14 years until 1991.

Boutros-Ghali was appointed to the top position in the intergovernmental organisation in January, 1992 and served until December 1996. As an Egyptian was the first Arab to be appointed to the UN's top role.

However he oversaw a troubled period for the UN, which included wars in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and he stood down at the start of 1997 after officials from the U.S. and Britain refused to nominate him for another term.

A minute's silence was observed at a meeting of the UN's Security council on Tuesday in his honour.