Portugal’s António Guterres will soon take the reigns as the UN Secretary-General, having been appointed by the United Nations General Assembly, on 13 October 2016. He will serve for a five-year period, ending 31 December 2021.
Mr. Guterres, aged 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.
The world’s next top diplomat has expressed his deep solidarity with all UN staff and looks forward to working with them around the globe.
Accepting the designation, Mr. Guterres said, “I believe this process means that the true winner today is the credibility of the UN. And it also made very clear to me that, as Secretary-General, having been chosen by all Member States, I must be at the service of them all equally and with no agenda but the one enshrined in the UN Charter.”
In 1949, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where he grew up and, in 1971, graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering.
Fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish, Mr. Guterres has spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976, where he served for 17 years.
In 1995, Mr. Guterres became the Prime Minister of Portugal. During his seven year tenure, he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.
SOURCE: UN News Services