Secretary-General António Guterres (left) at a press conference in Istanbul with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey. UN Photo/UNIC Ankara

To fight terrorism is extremely important but let’s have no illusions: we will never, as an international community, be successful fighting terrorism if we don’t find political solutions in which the people can feel comfortable and the people can feel duly represented at the political level.
      ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

UN Photo/UNIC Ankara Secretary-General António Guterres (left) at a press conference in Istanbul with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey.

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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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