(1899-1972) was a Belgian statesman and socialist leader. His mother was
After the war he studied jurisprudence at
Shortly after he became minister of
Transportation and PTT (1935), minister for Foreign Affairs (1936) and Prime
At the outbreak of World War II he was again called on to become Foreign
Minister. Before the war he was a delegate to the Assembly of the
After the German invasion of his country he was
interned for a time in
In national politics after the war, he was again Prime Minister two
times (1946 and 1947-1949) and Foreign Minister (1954-1957 and 1961-1966). Spaak was also president of the
Spaak also had a distinguished international career. He was
head of the Belgian delegation to the San Francisco Conference and to the
Preparatory Commission of the United Nations. He was elected vice-chairman of
this Commission. On
In 1949 he was chairman of the first session of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe and from 1954 to 1953 president of the General Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community. In 1956 he was chosen by the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to succeed Lord Ismay as Secretary-General.
At the United Nations, Paul-Henri Spaak is remembered for addressing the delegation of the Soviet Union during the third General Assembly in Paris with the words: "Messieurs, nous avons peur de vous" (Sirs, we are afraid of you).