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U.N. refugee chief set to become Secretary-General

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>> The UN Security Council on Thursday officially nominating a new Secretary General, Antonio Guterres now posed to be the next head of the world body. A former Portuguese Prime Minister who for the last decade has led UN efforts to tackle refugee crises around the globe. Reuters UN Bureau Chief Michelle Nichols.
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>> From 2005 to 2015 he was the head of the UN Refugee Agency, so he knows the UN system well. And when he spoke with the General Assembly in April, he spoke about his ten years as the UN Refugee Chief as an extraordinary privilege, but a terrible frustration, because there was no humanitarian solution to their plan.
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And he said the solution is always political. So he wanted to be a candidate to be the next Secretary General because he said the best place to address the root cause of human suffering is at the center of the UN system.>> Guterres' nomination now heads to the General Assembly, which could vote to confirm him as early as next week
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>> But there are some disappointed in the selection of Guterres.>> This year, there was 13 candidates in total, and 7 were women. There was a very big push for a woman to be elected the first female Secretary General of the United Nations. There were several civil society groups pushing for a woman.
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One of them described it as an outrage, and suggested that the seven female candidates weren't taken seriously.>> If confirmed, Guterres will replace Ban Ki-Moon, who steps down at the end of the year after serving two terms as Secretary General.