António Guterres (Portugal) Term of Office: 2017-Present

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017. He was re-appointed to a second term in 2021, which will end in 2026.

Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, from refugee camps to war zones, the Secretary-General has centered his efforts on ensuring human dignity for all. In a period of unprecedented global challenges, he has drawn on his commitment to the UN Charter to mobilize people and launch action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, address the climate emergency, advance gender equality, and achieve ambitious 21st-century reforms to enhance the Organization’s vital efforts to secure peace, sustainable development, human rights, and humanitarian aid.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades. 

Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. He is married to Catarina de Almeida Vaz Pinto and has two children, a stepson, and three grandchildren.