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New UN Secretary-General announced

The 9th Secretary-General of the UN, who will succeed Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, is Antonio Guterres.

A  former Portuguese prime minister and head of the UN refugee agency, Antonio emerged as the Security Council's unanimous choice and is the first former statesman to take the role as the world's top diplomat.

Thirteen highly experienced individuals were nominated for the post, including keynote speaker Christiana Figueres, the UN’s former climate change chief and a key architect of the Paris climate agreement.

The Secretary-General acts as the de facto spokesperson and leader of the United Nations.

In the coming days, Antonio's name will be given to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval. Come January 2017, he will take over from the departing Ban Ki-Moon, who previously took office in January 2007.

For more speakers like Christiana Figueres, check out our Human Rights & Philanthropy and Sustainability & Environment topics.

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