UN Secretary-general Antonio Guterres to deliver major keynote address at the new school focusing on women and power

New School President David Van Zandt will confer an honorary doctorate on Secretary General Guterres for his global contributions as a peace broker, bridge-builder, and as a promoter of reform and innovation.


The New School's President David Van Zandt will present United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres with an honorary doctorate degree, to be followed by the Secretary-General's remarks on “Women and Power."


Secretary-General António Guterres

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on January 1st, 2017.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades. The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and the crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Yemen, led to a huge rise in UNHCR’s activities as the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose from 38 million in 2005 to over 60 million in 2015.

Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.

Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


February 27th, 2020, 6:30PM to 7:45PM


The Auditorium, A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011


This special event is free and open to New School students, faculty, and staff only. Registration with @newschool.edu email is required. Members of the media are required to RSVP with David Koeppel at koeppeld@newschool.edu or 212.229.5667 x 3794

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