Who is the Present Secretary-General of the United Nations?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Present Secretary-General of the United Nations is Antonio Guterres. He is the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations and assumed office on 1 January 2017. The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the chief administrative officer of the United Nations and the head of the United Nations Secretariat.

Present Secretary General of the United Nations

After World War II, United Nations was established to prevent future wars. Its purpose was to establish world peace in the early decades of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and their allies. The present Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is a Portuguese politician and diplomat who served as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

Facts about Current Secretary General of  United Nations

  • He was elected Secretary General in October 2016 and replaced Ban Ki-moon.
  • He was born in Parede and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • He started his political career in 1974 by becoming a member of the Socialist Party.
  • He graduated in 1965 and won the National Lyceum Award as the best student in the country.
  • In addition, he studied physics and electrical engineering and graduated in 1971.
  • After completing his education, he began an academic career as an assistant professor.

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