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Jan Kenneth Glenn Eliasson (born 17 September 1940) is a Swedish diplomat and Social Democratic politician. He was President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2005 to 2006 and Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs from 24 April 2006 to 6 October 2006. He is currently the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Darfur, Sudan.

Jan Eliasson was born in a working-class family in Gothenburg. He was an AFS exchange student in Indiana, United States, from 1957 to 1958 and graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1962. In 1965 he earned a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Gothenburg's School of Business, Economics and Law. He also holds honorary degrees from American University (1994), Gothenburg University (2001) and Uppsala University (2005).

Eliasson has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles and is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy and diplomacy. Since 1988 he has been a visiting lecturer on mediation, conflict resolution and U.N. reform at Uppsala University.

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