Antonio Guterres, 67 was appointed to the role of UN chief on Thursday after a unanimous vote by the international body’s 193 member states. He was one of 13 candidates for the position, including seven women.
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Guterres spent a decade as the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, a position which saw him saw him tackling refugee crises across the globe,
The next Secretary-General of the United Nations has pledged to combat terrorism and political populism, to promote gender equality and to seek a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict when he takes over the leadership of the organisation next year.