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.
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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When: 5 October 2016
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