Antonio Guterres Succeeds Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary General.
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday endorsed former Portuguese Prime Minister “Antonio Guterres’ appointment as UN Secretary-General. Mr Guterres will succeed Ban Ki-Moon. See More Below
He will start his five-year term as UN Secretary -General from January.
The 193-member assembly passed a resolution by consensus to officially approve a recommendation from the 15-member UN Security Council, which had previously appointed Guterres.
Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, praised the transparent selection process that led to the election of Guterres.
Guterres formerly served as the head of the UN refugee agency.
“I’m confident that Guterres will serve the global community with dedication as a moral authority and be the voice of our moral conscience and humanity throughout his term,” Thomson said.
Guterres will replace current UN chief Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, whose second term is coming to an end in December after serving 10 years in the post.
During the election process, which for the first time in the UN’s 71-year history included open hearings with all 13 candidates, Guterres emerged as a well-spoken and experienced leader.
He has a thorough knowledge of international affairs and the UN system.