Friday, October 7, 2016

Meet António Guterres, the U.N.’s ninth Secretary General

He is the first former head of state to take the role as the world's top diplomat.
Nominated U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference at Necessidades Palace in Lisbon on Oct. 6, 2016.

António Guterres was today formally nominated by the U.N. Security Council as the organization’s next Secretary General, and in the coming days his name will be given to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval.

Guterres, who was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, will be the first national leader to take the role as the world’s top diplomat. But there will be no honeymoon period for 63-year-old former U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). Come January, when he formally takes over from the departing Ban Ki-Moon, Guterres will lead the U.N. through the maelstrom of regional conflicts, including global rise in terrorism, a painful Syrian war, the international refugee crisis and an ever-growing gulf between Russia and the West.

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Photo credit: Reuters

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