The Wall Street Journal: Portugal’s António Guterres appointed new U.N. secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday officially appointed António Guterres of Portugal as its next secretary-general as he pledged to combat terrorism and extremism while also fighting “xenophobia” and populism.

The 193-member General Assembly voted by acclamation after the Security Council last week nominated Guterres for the post following straw polls that showed him leading a dozen other candidates. He takes over on Jan. 1.

Guterres, 67, said he felt “a profound sense of responsibility” and that he would serve all member states without an agenda.

In his first address to the U.N. as the Secretary-General designate, Guterres acknowledged the challenges he would face, resolving such conflicts as Syria and addressing gender equality, as well as the limitations that come with the position.

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