New World's Top Diplomat: UN appoints Guterres as new Secretary-General

17:48 Oct. 13, 2016

UN appoints Guterres as new Secretary-General

UN new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (AP photo)

Portugal's former PM will succeed Ban Ki-moon

Former Foreign Minister of Portugal António Guterres was appointed as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

Adopting a consensus resolution put forward by its President, Peter Thomson, the General Assembly acted on the recommendation on the UN Security Council, which on 6 October forwarded Mr. Guterres' name to the 193-member body as its nominee for UN Secretary-General.

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The 67-year-old Guterres who was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.

Based on reporting by UN News Centre 

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