António Guterres set to be sworn in as next UN Secretary-General

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- António Guterres will be sworn on Monday, 12 December, as the next United Nations Secretary-General at the session of the UN General Assembly.

On 12 December, the UN General Assembly will pay tribute to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his exceptional contribution to the work of the Organization over the past decade.

Mr. Guterres will become the ninth UN Secretary-General. He will start his duties from 1 January 2017 and hold that post for the next five years.

He was formally appointed by the General Assembly on 13 October in what was the culmination of an historic process Member States set in motion late last year: the selection of a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, for the first time in history, involved public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the Organization's ninth chief.

Guterres served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. Before joining the UN refugee agency, Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He was the prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

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