Antonio Guterres sworn as UN secretary-general


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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as Secretary-General of the United Nations, becoming the ninth U.N. chief in the body's 71-year history.

The former U.N. refugee chief was elected to the top job by acclamation in the General Assembly in October. He takes over from Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1.

Guterres, 67, performed well in answering questions before assembly members and his executive experience as prime minister and as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005-2015 propelled him to first place among 13 candidates vying for the job in informal polls in the Security Council. After the sixth poll, the council nominated him by acclamation and his name was sent to the assembly for final approval.

After being sworn in by General Assembly President Peter Thomson, Guterres addressed the 193 member nations, saying the world body must work to simplify, decentralize and make more flexible its sprawling bureaucracy.

"It benefits no one if takes nine months to deploy a staff member to the field," he said. "The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective. It must focus more on delivery and less on process, more on people and less on bureaucracy."

Guterres also said he would send a clear signal that gender parity "from top to bottom" within the organization would be among his first priorities.

The swearing-in came after the 193 General Assembly members paid tribute to Ban, ending with a standing ovation for the native South Korean.

The swearing-in ceremony included the U.N.'s top leaders and was attended by dignitaries including Myanmar politician and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power lauded Ban's accomplishments while in office and said she was confident Guterres is the right person to replace him. "He is the man for the job in such challenging times," she said.

The selection of a new secretary-general had traditionally been decided behind closed doors by a few powerful countries. But this year, the process involved public discussions with each candidate who was campaigning for the job.

U.N. chiefs are charged with promoting sustainable development, working for peace around the globe, protecting human rights and dealing with humanitarian catastrophes.

Ban served two five-year terms.

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On behalf of myself and the people of Azanie, I take this opportunity 'too' congratulate mr Gutteres for being affirmed and sworn in as a new UN Secretary General. Hongera sana kwa kweli na kazi njema.
 
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Kumbe nshachelewa kuapply hiyo job!
Hongera bw. gueterres.
 
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On behalf of myself and the people of Azanie, I take this opportunity 'too' congratulate mr Gutteres for being affirmed and sworn in as a new UN Secretary General. Hongera sana kwa kweli na kazi njema.
Una utani na mkulu??? Sijui leo twitter atakua amepost nini
 
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Una utani na mkulu??? Sijui leo twitter atakua amepost nini
Amepositi kama nilivyoiweka hapo juu, jamaa ako vizuri sana hakunaga wala haijatokeaga mkali kama 'he'.
 

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