The United Nations has seldom been under more pressure to prove it's valuable. But it might have found a way.
As countries around the world deal with internal and international crises, the potential for faultlines to open is high.
Most of Trump's positions go against the principles accepted by the United Nations. The new Secretary-General will have to try to find areas of mutual concern to work with the new US administration.
The global agenda for 2017 is fiendishly complicated and hugely sensitive. Is António Guterres up to the task?
As the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guterres could promote a more unified approach to helping the displaced.
Guterres must know the world we live in today more globally and more intimately than many a former minister or executive.
There were seven highly regarded and qualified women who could have been selected as the next UN secretary-general. So why did the job go to another man?
The UN's Charter legally binds it to promote gender equality, but guess what: yes, it's a man again.
The UN has adopted a more transparent process to select its new Secretary General. But it does not go far enough.