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António Guterres assumes work as the 9th UN Secretary-General

Posted: 02 January, 2017 at 01:00 pm
António Guterres assumes work as the 9th UN Secretary-General
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A Portuguese, António Guterres assumed his office yesterday Sunday, 1 January 2017, as the ninth UN Secretary-General, he takes over from Ban Ki-moon following Ban's exit after completing a 10 year- tenure on Saturday, Dec. 31.

Guterres, in his formal message as the UN Secretary-General, titled: “Appeal for Peace”, urges the world to make a New Year resolution “to put peace first”.

“On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart.

“How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?

“Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.”

According to Antonio, no one wins these wars rather, everyone loses.

He noted out that plenty of dollars were spent in destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations.

He regretted that whole regions were ungoverned adding, the new threat of global terrorism affects us all.

“On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first.

“Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences.

“From solidarity and compassion in our daily lives, to dialogue and respect across political divides… From ceasefires on the battlefield, to compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions…

“Peace must be our goal and our guide,” the new UN scribe said.

According to him, all that we strive for as a human family – dignity and hope, progress and prosperity – depends on peace.

“But peace depends on us.

“I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every day.

“Let us make 2017 a year for peace,” Mr Guterres, who will arrive the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday for his first official working day, stated.

The new UN Boss was sworn in on December 12 a year part as the ninth Secretary-General.

Antonio is a member of a UN associate UNHCR, Before joining the group he spent more than 20 years in government and public service.

He was a former 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.

The new UN secretary-general was a member of the Portuguese Council of State from 1991 to 2002.

He was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976 where he served as a member for 17 years.

The UN scribe was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering, Guterres is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

He is a husband of Catarina de Almeida, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Lisbon, and the both are blessed with two children, a stepson and three grandchildren.

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