Portugal’s former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was on 13 October 2016 appointed as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations by the General Assembly.
The 193 member states of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by acclamation, appointing Guterres as the ninth U.N. Secretary-General.
Guterres, who succeeds Ban Ki-moon, will assume his new role on 1 January 2017 for a five-year term that can be renewed by member states for an additional five years.
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: 13 October 2016