Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions.
      ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace.

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Appeal for Peace

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.»

Appointment

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.

Priorities

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.

Agenda

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.

Vision

The Secretary-General's vision on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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Team

The Secretary-General appoints women to senior posts.
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News

News coverage on the Secretary-General.
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Journey

The Secretary-General's journey to becoming the world's top diplomat.
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Selection

A new process for selecting the Secretary-General.
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In the Field

The Secretary-General's 10-year tenure as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015).
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