As Secretary-General António Guterres took up his functions as the head of the Organization on 1 January 2017, he launched an appeal for peace. His wish for 2017: let it be a year in which we all strive to overcome differences. «Peace must be our goal and our guide.»
On 13 October 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted by acclamation a resolution to formally appoint António Guterres of Portugal as Secretary-General for a five-year term of office, starting on 1 January 2017.
Human dignity will be "the core of my work," says the new UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. He believes the world body is uniquely placed to overcome global challenges and achieve sustainable development.
Shortly after his appointment as the next Secretary-General, António Guterres stated his first priority: "A surge in the diplomacy for peace," to prevent and solve conflicts.