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What you need to know about Antonio Guterres-The new Secretary- General?
A Secretary- General’s term lasts five years and can be renewed. Though there is no limit to how many times a term may be renewed, no Secretary-General has held office for more than two terms.

A Secretary- General’s term lasts five years and can be renewed. Though there is no limit to how many times a term may be renewed, no Secretary-General has held office for more than two terms. Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing Secretary General who served ten years, will end his second term on 31 December 2016. He used his two terms in office to promote Sustainable Development and launched the crucial 2030 Agenda. Over this summer the Security Council reviewed potential candidates who had been nominated by their home governments. For the first time in history, the selection process was held in a transparent manner, including public debates. After several secret straw polls by the Security Council, Antonio Guterres   of Portugal emerged as the preferred candidate and was affirmed by the General Assembly as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General.

Mr. Guterres will start his term on 1 January 2017.

 

Who is Antonio Guterres?

Antonio Guterres entered politics in 1976 when he was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in the first democratic election in Portugal after 50 years of dictatorship. From 1995 to 2002 Guterres was Prime Minister of Portugal and in 2005 he was named United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he oversaw some of the world’s largest refugee and internally displaced people crises since World War II. He worked to deploy more United Nations staff closer to refugee hotspots and tirelessly pressed wealthy nations to do more about the refugee crisis and take more refugees in. He says that his work as High Commissioner has prepared him well to be Secretary-General.

 

What is his vision for youth and young people?

 

Under his leadership, in 2015 UNHCR adopted the global theme “Make Education Safe for All” that has placed a special focus on young people. Guterres was specifically concerned about how displacement affects young people and limits their access to education. UNHCR also made significant efforts to reach out to children and young people and include them in informal discussions and activities. Guterres is passionate about education, believing that access to safe and quality education can have a long-lasting, positive impact on the lives of children and young people, their families and communities.

 

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