Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has been officially approved by the United Nations Security Council as the next UN Secretary-General following a formal vote held on October 6th.
After having served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, António Guterres spent a decade between 2005 and 2015 as UN High Commissioner for Refugees where he was widely respected for his administrative skills and personal integrity. The support for Guterres was heralded by official UN sources as a victory for openness, transparency and inclusiveness in the hearing process, setting an example for future appointments.
Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the 70th General Assembly, said: “I am very proud that we broke new ground with unique transparency in the selection process. The two-hour presentation of each of the candidates in the General Assembly dialogues, and their collective Global Townhall debate, were important highlights and helped to include the global public in the debate about the future of the UN.”
The Embassy of Denmark extends its congratulations to António Guterres, the UN and Portugal.
Photo: UNHCR/A. Zavallis