António Guterres takes office as United Nations Secretary General


António Guterres has taken office as Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) on Monday.

At the ceremony at the UN General Assembly the representatives of the 193 UN member states were present and were preceded by a tribute to outgoing UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

In his inaugural speech the new Secretary General, and former Portuguese Prime Minister, outlined the main features of his “governance programme.”

Since he was selected as the new UN Secretary General in October, Guterres has visited the capitals and met with the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

One of Guterres’ first acts after taking office will be to announce his vice secretary general and his chief of staff, both of which are expected to be women.

Nigeria’s environment minister, Amina Mohammed, is considered the main candidate for the role of Vice Secretary General.

António Guterres, 67, will begin his five-year term as Secretary General on 1 January 2017, three weeks before Donald Trump takes office as President of the United States.