What the appointment of Antonio Guterres as UN secretary-general means for the refugee crisis

What the appointment of Antonio Guterres as UN secretary-general means for the refugee crisis

by  , Professor of Law, University of Essex

The Conversation – October 14, 2016

When António Guterres starts his role as the next secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) in January 2017, he may feel that not much has changed since he stood down a year earlier as the head of its refugee agency, the UNHCR.

Given that there are currently over 65m persons displaced who are of concern to UNHCR, plus around another 15 to 20m people displaced by disasters and climate change, the need for joined-up thinking across the UN to respond to this global crisis has never been greater. The new secretary-general’s previous experience can help galvanise the whole organisation as it seeks to lead the international community’s response to the world’s displacement crisis.

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