The United Nations Announces the Appointment of a New Secretary General

On October 5th,
the United Nations Security Council unanimously nominated António Guterres to
replace Ban Ki-moon as the 9th UN Secretary General. The appointment
will be formalized after the 71st session of the UN General Assembly
to take place later this month. Guterres hails from Portugal, where he was
Prime Minister from 1995 until 2002. In 2005, he took on the position of the UN
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The election of Guterres came as a
surprise, as the climate seemed to favor the election a woman from Eastern
Europe. However, this man is considered to be a very skilled and suitable
person to take on the role of Secretary General.  Guterres will be transitioning to his new role
on January 1st, 2017.