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António Guterres distinguished with Honorary Doctorate Degree

António Guterres distinguished with Honorary Doctorate Degree
February 19th, 2018
Aula Magna, Reitoria da ULisboa

António Guterres distinguished with Honorary Doctorate Degree

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Universidade de Lisboa will confer the title of Honorary Doctor to António Guterres, as proposed by IST – Técnico Lisboa, on February 19th, at 10:30 am.

António Guterres was born in Lisbon, in 1949, and graduated from IST – Técnico Lisboa in 1971 with a degree in Electronics Engineering, becoming then an Assistant Professor in Theory of Signals and Systems. As guest lecturer, in 2003/2004, he was responsible for creating the Seminar on Sustainable Development and the Seminar on Innovation.

Over 20 years of Guterres’ political journey were dedicated to public service.

He was Prime Minister of Portugal between 1995 and 2002, a time during which he defended the independence of East Timor.  Guterres was also member of the Portuguese Council of State between 1991 and 2002, and Member of Parliament for 17 years, as he was elected for the first time in 1976. At Assembleia da República – the Portuguese Parliament – he was responsible for issues such as the Economy, Finance, Planning, Territorial Administration and the Environment.

On an international level, as President of the European Council in 2000, António Guterres led the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy, and co-chaired the first European Union-Africa Summit. Between 1981 and 1983, he was member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration and Refugees. The subject of refugees would be precisely where Guterres would have the most social impact.
As UN High Commissioner for Refugees, from June 2005 to December 2015, he saw his mandate marked by profound crisis such as the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, as well as the crisis in South Sudan, the Yemen and the Central African Republic, originating the largest refugee wave since WWII, with over 60 million refugees in 2015.

On January 1st 2017, António Guterres was elected United Nations Secretary-General.