Portuguese António Guterres to be new UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has been chosen to become the UN Secretary-General beginning in 2017. In a rare occurrence, all 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favor of the candidate who has been the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Guterres is the new UN Secretary-General Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), the UN Security Council announced that former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres will be the next UN Secretary-General. The UN Security Council members decided that Guterres will start his position at the beginning of 2017 after current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon finishes his term.

All 15 ambassadors of the countries that constitute the UN Security Council voted that Guterres become the organization’s new Secretary-General. For the past decade, Guterres has served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

During his service as the High Commissioner for Refugees, Guterres caught the public eye as he was forced to deal with the most serious refugee crisis since World War II. He has committed himself to continue making this issue the UN’s top priority.


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