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.