Ninth UN Secretary-General due to be formally appointed

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António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, is due to be formally appointed as the next United Nations Secretary-General on Thursday.

He will take up the post on January 1st, 2017 and will replace the current UN chief Ban Ki-moon who has served the organization for the past 10 years.

Daniel Dickinson reports

António Guterres is set to become the 9th UN chief.

He was selected following an unprecedented process during which all 13 candidates, seven women and six men, made open presentations to the UN General Assembly.

On Thursday, the 193 Member States of the United Nations are due to formally appoint him at a meeting of the General Assembly; it follows the recommendation of the Security Council.

Mr Guterres served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for a decade, starting in 2005.

He oversaw the most profound structural reform process in the refugee agency's history.

Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in government and public service in his homeland, Portugal.

The event will be live-streamed.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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