António Guterres


The Next UN Chief: A Self-Described Man of Action

The Straits Times (Singapore) (AFP/Reuters)

Poll for Next UN Secretary-General in a Muddle

Huffington Post, Evelyn Leopold

Portugal’s Guterres Leads Race for Next UN Chief

Voice of America, Margaret Besheer

UN Diplomats: Guterres Tops Poll for UN Chief

U.S. News & World Report (Associated Press), Edith M. Lederer

Candidates for UN Secretary General Debate in London

CRIENGLISH.com (China Radio International)

The Race to be UN Secretary-General: Five Questions for the Candidates

Council on Foreign Relations, Stewart M. Patrick

Is the U.N. Ready for a Female Secretary General?

NBC News, Mike Brunker and Alex Lazar

Ex-UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Angola

ANGOP (Agencia Angola Press)

Alternate FM Xydakis Meets with António Guterres

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
Former Prime Minister

Mr. Guterres graduated with an Electrotechnical Engineering Degree from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon in 1971. His career in public service started in 1973 as head of the Industrial Planning Division of the Cabinet. He became one of the party leaders of the Socialist Party and held several offices until he became Secretary-General in 1992. In 1991, he founded the Portuguese Refugee Council. After serving six years as Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2001), Mr. Guterres was elected High Commissioner for Refugees by the UN General Assembly in 2005; he left office on 31 December 2015.

Mr. Guterres is a member of the Club of Madrid and author of A Pensar em Portugal (1999). Since 2003, he has also been an Advisor to the Board of Portugal’s second largest bank, Caixa Geral de Depósitos. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Vision Statement

Media Stakeout following Informal Dialogue



Born April 30, 1949 (age 66) in Lisbon, Portugal, Mr. Guterres has held the following public positions:

Member of the Assembly of the Republic for the Socialist Party

  • President of the Parliamentary Commission for Economy, Finance and Planning
  • President of the Commission for Territory Administration, Local Power and Environment
1976, 1993
President of the Municipal Assembly of Fundão 1979
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1981-1983
President of the Commission for Demography, Migrations and Refugees of the Council of Europe 1981-1983
President of the Parliamentary Group of the Socialist Party 1988
Member of the Council of State of Portugal 1991-2002
Secretary General of the Socialist Party 1992
Vice-President of the Socialist International 1992-1999
Prime Minister of Portugal 1995-2002
President of the Socialist International 1999-2005
President of the European Council 2000
UN High Commissioner for Refugees 2005-2015


During his time as Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Guterres was involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor. He was seen by many as one of the ideational front runners of a new European approach to socialism. As president of the European Council in early 2000, he led the adoption of the so-called Lisbon Agenda and co-chaired the first European Union-Africa summit. During his tenure as High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 through December 2015, Mr. Guterres oversaw a profound structural reform of UNHCR, launched a campaign to end statelessness by 2024 and established the annual Dialogue on Protection Challenges. Moreover, he was also involved in helping to address the worst refugee crisis in UNHCR’s history.


An overview of all statements made by Mr. Guterres in his capacity as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees can be found here.

An overview of media reports including Mr. Guterres in his capacity as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees can be found here.

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Gender Equality/Women’s Rights


Human Rights