The United Nations General Assembly has appointed His Excellency Mr António Guterres of Portugal as the next Secretary General of the UN whose tenure will run from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021.
António will succeed incumbent Secretary General His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon whose second five year tenure ends on December 31, 2016.
The 193 Member States General Assembly adopted by acclamation a resolution seeking the appointment of Mr. Guterres following the recommendation of the 15 Member UN Security Council on 6 October, 2016 for him to become Secretary-General.
Mr. Guterres beat 12 other candidates in the six straw polls that the Security Council conducted.
Mr. Guterres, aged 67, served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015 and Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, among other national and international portfolios.
Accepting the election, Mr. Guterres thanked the Security Council and the General Assembly for entrusting him with the position of Secretary-General of the UN.
“When I heard the Security Council’s decision to recommend me to the General Assembly, my feelings could be described by just two words: gratitude and humility. I am grateful for the transparency and openness of the selection process and to the many competent, thoughtful and dedicated candidates who came forward”, he said.
He added, “having been chosen by all member states, I would be at the service of them all equally with no agenda but the one enshrined in the UN Charter”.