UN Global Perspective Special: António Guterres recommended as next UN Secretary-General

António Guterres of Portugal. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Security Council nominates António Guterres as the new UN chief

The former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres has been nominated as the next United Nations Secretary-General…in what was described as an "important show of unity" by the Security Council. A formal vote was held by acclamation behind closed doors on Thursday 6th October….it followed a series of informal or so-called straw polls in which Mr Guterres emerged as a clear front-runner. The President of the Security Council for the month of October, Vitaly Churkin of Russia emerged from the council chamber to make the announcement of the nomination to the media. The nomination followed an unprecedented selection process during which all 13 candidates…six men and seven women… made open presentations to the UN General Assembly over a period of months. It's the first time in the 70-year history of the organization that has happened. Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with António Guterres. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. (file photo)

Former UN refugee chief António Guterres inches closer to becoming next Secretary-General

So, what can the rest of the world expect from Antonio Guterres when he becomes the world's top diplomat in January next year? In the open presentations to the General Assembly Mr Guterres said that he put himself up for the job because it was the best way to address the immense suffering he saw during his decade at the helm of the UN Refugee Agency. Dianne Penn has more details.

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