UN chief Guterres marks start of a new era

UN chief Guterres marks start of a new era

The United Nations is marking the new year with a change in leadership and five new Security Council members. But is it really the start of a new era? At midnight Saturday, Ban Ki Moon relinquished his role as UN secretary general to Antonio Guterres, who then made a global appeal for peace, urging all […]

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Newly appointed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told FRANCE 24 on Saturday that resolving Syria’s five-and-a-half-year civil war would be his top priority. This war “became not only a tragedy for the Syrian people, but a big threat for the stability of the region, and a threat to the security of everybody everywhere”, the former UN […]

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres was officially nominated by the UN Security Council on Thursday to be the next United Nations secretary-general. Guterres will take up the new post to succeed Ban Ki-moon in January 2017. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice during a closed-door session. The […]

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general

The Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday that Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to reporters surrounded by the 14 other council ambassadors after they held a sixth informal poll of the 10 candidates behind closed doors. Churkin announced […]