Political Events 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

January 1st, 2017 – On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.“On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,” said Mr. Guterres in an appeal for peace.

He said one question weighs heavy on his heart. “That is: how can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?”
Peace must be our goal and our guide,” he said, urging all citizens, governments and leaders to strive to overcome differences.
I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every
day. Let us make 2017 a year for peace
,” he added.
Having been formally appointed by the UN General Assembly on 13 October 2016, Mr. Guterres, aged 67, will serve for a five-year period from today, January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2021. He was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

CV of Mr. António Guterres, Portugal
Official GA document A/70/768 – S/2016/206
Vision Statement of António Guterres
Informal dialogue with António Guterres [12 April 2016)
Civil society questions answered by António Guterres [12 April 2016)
Security Council Recommendation [7 October 2016)
Acceptance speech on appointment by General Assembly to the position
of Secretary-General of the United Nations [13 October 2016)
Media stakeout of António Guterres [13 October 2016)
Informal meeting with the UN GA plenary [19 October 2016)

(Text: UN Media Center. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

Primeminister Kim Kielsen of Greenland Attended Press Briefing

The Government of Greenland and the International Press Centre (IPC) are hosting press briefing with the Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen. Kim Kielsen has been in Greenlandic with English translation provided. Thursday at 11.00 am January 12th, 2017.

Mr. Kim Kielsen Primeminister of Greenland (CV)

Born on November 30th, 1966, married to Judithe Kielsen, 2 children.

Political posts

December 2014 – Premier of Greenland

October 2014 – Acting Premier of Greenland, Acting Minister for Housing

Chairman of Siumut party

November 2013 – Minister for Environment and Nature Minister for Nordic Co-operation

2013 – Member of Inatsisartut (Parliament of Greenland)

2009-2013 Member of Inatsisartut

2007-2009 Minister for Housing, Infrastructure and Resources

Alternate posts

Finance and Taxation Committee

Business Committee

Professional experience

2003–2005 Coordinator of a social project for children and youth

1996–2003 Police officer


Greenlandic, Danish.

(Text: Primeminister of Greenland of PM Officer. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)