TIME United Nations

U.N. General Assembly Elects Antonio Guterres as Secretary-General

He'll take up the post in the new year

(UNITED NATIONS) — The 193 U.N. member states have elected Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres by acclamation as the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

Assembly President Peter Thompson introduced the resolution, said members wanted it approved by acclamation, and banged his gavel in approval as diplomats broke into applause.

The 67-year-old Guterres, who served as the U.N. refugee chief for 10 years until last December, will take up the job of the world’s top diplomat on Jan. 1 when Ban Ki-moon’s second five-year term ends.

The Security Council nominated Guterres by acclamation last week after its sixth informal poll.

Guterres topped all six polls, which included a total of 13 candidates — seven women and six men.

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team