Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres took the oath of office on December 12 to be the ninth United Nations Secretary-General with his hand on a copy of the U.N. Charter in front of the 193-member General Assembly.
He pledged to personally help broker peace in various conflicts and reform the 71-year old world body to become more effective.
He said that one of his top priorities is to reconstruct the trust between governments and their people.
He also said that the reformation of the world body is one of his top priorities, beginning with gender parity within the U.N.
Guterres beat out 12 other candidates, seven of whom were women, amid a push for the first woman to be elected.
Guterres, 67, will replace Ban Ki-moon, 72, of South Korea on Jan. 1. Ban steps down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms. Guterres was Portugal's prime minister from 1995 to 2002 and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.
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