Taking oath of office, António Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations

General Assembly Seventy-first session, 59th plenary meeting Appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

General Assembly Seventy-first session, 59th plenary meeting Appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

12 December 2016 – Sworn in overnight as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.

“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,” said Mr. Guterres after taking the oath of office at a ceremony before the 193-member UN General Assembly.

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