After a long and arduous process, the United Nations has finally selected its new secretary-general. On Oct. 13, the U.N. General Assembly officially appointed António Guterres, the former high commissioner for refugees, as the next head of the global body.
Guterres was a clear U.N. Security Council favorite, consistently topping all six council straw polls. He defeated other high-profile candidates such as U.N. Development Program Administrator Helen Clark, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and late entrant Kristalina Georgieva, EU vice president for budget and human resources.
Guterres will assume office in January 2017. He will be the ninth U.N. secretary-general, after Ban Ki-moon.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.
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