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António Guterres "a lifetime dedicated to public service" http://www.antonioguterres.gov.pt/

An election is due to be held in 2016 to select the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, to succeed Ban Ki-moon, whose term will conclude on 31 December 2016.

António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations with nearly 10,000 staff working in 125 countries.

Before joining UNHCR, Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor

While former office holders represent a wide range of countries, there has never been a female Secretary-General. It is noteworthy that there are more female candidates than ever before, including several from outside Eastern Europe.

However, Antonio Guterres and Helen Clark emerge as front runners to become next UN secretary general after ‘town hall’ meetings.

Whats next?

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council. The Secretary-General's selection is therefore subject to the veto of any of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

Ban Ki moon will continue to be the Secretary General until 1 th of january 2016.

Sources: UN, SCMP

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