Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres selected to be UN Secretary-General

Oct 6, 2016 12:03 IST

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres on 5 October 2016 was unanimously selected by the UN Security Council as the next UN Secretary-General.

Guterres will succeed Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017.

The 15-nation Security Council's decision will be sent, following the formal approval, to the 193-member General Assembly for final formal approval.

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About Antonio Guterres

Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres is a Portuguese politician.

He served as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

He also served for a time as President of the Socialist International.

He served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

About Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the head of the United Nations Secretariat.

The Secretary-General also acts as the de facto spokesperson and leader of the United Nations.

Their role is laid out by Chapter XV (Articles 97 to 101) of the United Nations Charter.

The Secretary-General was envisioned by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a world moderator.

Article 97 under Chapter XV of the United Nations Charter states that the Secretary-General shall be the chief administrative officer of the Organization, but does not dictate their specific obligations.

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