Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres Nominated the Secretary General of the UN


The United Nations (UN) will see a new Secretary General from the beginning of next year. The UNSC (United Nations Security Council) in a unanimous decision recently nominated the former Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Guterres as the successor to Ban Ki-moon. Ban Ki-moon was elected for two successive terms. UNSC has recommended in its recent General Assembly which is composed of 193 member nations to appoint Antonio Guterres for five years as the Secretary-General of the UN starting from 1st of January, 2017. This was confirmed by a report from Reuters.


According to reports the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) would likely to meet next week for ratifying the approval of the appointment of Antonio Guterres. Guterres is 67 years old and is younger to his predecessor Ban Ki-moon who is currently 72. Ban’s term expires on 31st December 2016.

After being selected for the coveted post of Head the UN,  Guterres in a very brief statement which was released in a multiple of languages said that he is filled with humility about the huge challenges ahead of them and also the terrible complexities of the modern world.

He added that the virtue of humility is an essential ingredient to serve “the most vulnerable, victims of conflicts, terrorism, rights violations, poverty and injustices of this world.”

The outgoing Secretary-General of UN Ban Ki-moon who was on a visit to Rome said that Guterres as his successor is a “super choice”.

While speaking to reporters Ban said that he is confident that his successor will continue to focus on the comprehensive range of challenges which includes strengthening peace operations, achieving the aim of sustainable development, upholding human rights and lessening humanitarian suffering.

Antonio Guterres has a huge amount of political experience behind him. He was the Prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2005. As far as experience in the United Nations Guterres was the former high Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin praising the credentials of Guterres said that this person has excellent UN credentials. He also applauded his experience as the High Commissioner for Refugees. In this role, according to Churkin, the Secretary-general in waiting had to travel to some of the most gruesome conflicts zones of the world. The Russian Ambassador also highlighted Guterres previous huge political experience. Russia is currently the president of UNSC.

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