New York, Dec 15: The United Nations General Assembly has appointed António Guterres as the next Secretary-General. The former Prime Minister of Portugal will succeed the current chief of UN, Ban Ki-moon, when he steps down on December 31, 2016.
Other nominees for the post were Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, European Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva, former Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Natalia Gherman, former President of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremić, former President of the United Nations General Assembly Srgjan Kerim, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina Susana Malcorra and former President of Slovenia Danilo Türk.
We have followed Ban Ki-moon for the past 10 years but it is time to know the next chief of the United Nations, António Guterres. Keep scrolling to know some facts about António Guterres:
- António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was the Prime Minister of Portugal from the year 1995 to 2002.
- The 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations served the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015 and served as the President of Socialist International from 1999 to 2005.
- One of the most popular Prime Ministers of Portugal, Guterres worked on keeping a tight hold on budget spending and inflation to guarantee that Portugal met the Euro convergence criteria.
- He also worked on increasing rates of participation in the labour market, especially among women.
- António Guterres also increased investment in education in Portugal.
- As the Prime Minister of Portugal, he sped up the programme of privatisations. In his tenure, a total of 29 companies were privatised between 1996 and 1999 and privatisation done in 1996-7 was greater than those of the previous six years.
- Although United Nations has always backed the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses , Guterres says that it “something that bothered him”.
- As the High Commissioner of Refugees, he deployed over 10,000 staff in 126 countries to protect and assist over 60 million refugees and internally displaced people.