Antonio Guterres Replaces Ban Ki-Moon As UN Secretary General

By Ikenga Chronicles December 13, 2016

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in on Monday, December 11 as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General as a replacement to Ban ki-Moon

Guterres was Portugal’s Prime Minister from 1995 to 2002 and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.

Guterres had beaten 12 other candidates, seven of whom were women, amid a push for the first woman to be elected.

He said on Monday he aimed to have gender parity among senior U.N. leadership within his five year term.

Guterres is the first former head of government to be elected to run the world body and that experience will be reflected in how he operates, diplomats said.

“He’s looking for a big shake-up, reshuffle” said a senior U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He’s looking to create … a different feeling, with the under-secretary-generals much more part of a collective leadership of the U.N.”

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