Guterres, the only candidate for the first UN post, said he was “humiliated and excited” by the support of world nations.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, was elected unanimously for a second five-year term by the 193-member General Assembly of the United Nations.
The 72-year-old Portugal, the only candidate for first place in the world body, said on Friday that he was “humiliated and excited” by the support, adding that the “guiding theme” of his second term would be “Prevention in all its aspects – from conflicts, climate change, pandemics to poverty and inequality.”
“I will do everything to ensure the flowering of trust between the nations large and small, to build bridges, and to engage fearlessly in confidence,” Guterres told the General Assembly after taking the oath of office. .
Ambassadors in the assembly chamber burst into applause as Assembly Speaker Volkan Bozkir announced Guterres ’re-election by“ acclamation ”without a vote.
The 15-member Security Council earlier this month advised the General Assembly to rename Guterres. His second term officially begins on January 1, 2022.
Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017, just weeks before Donald Trump became president of the United States. Much of Guterres ’first term was focused on Trump’s plea, which called into question the value of the UN and multilateralism.
Washington is the largest financial contributor to the UN, responsible for 22 percent of the regular budget and about a quarter of the peacekeeping budget. President Joe Biden, who took office in January, has begun restoring funding cut from his predecessor to UN agencies and has resumed engagement with the world body.
Among those who welcomed Guterres’ re-election were US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Blinken called Guterres a “results-oriented” and “capable in a demanding role.”
The United States “looked forward to continuing our strong and constructive relationship … as we advance the urgent task of achieving a more peaceful world and a prosperous future,” Blinken said. “The UN is an indispensable anchor of the multilateral system” where nations work together ”to address unprecedented challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, human rights, development, migration and crises. humanitarian aid “.
For his part, Merkel praised Guterres ’commitment to peaceful solutions to conflicts, climate protection and“ innovative solutions to global problems ”in his first term and thanked him for helping to put the COVAX facility into operation. to obtain COVID-19 vaccines in the poorest countries.
“The coronavirus pandemic in particular has shown us that the ability of the United Nations to respond quickly to current challenges is paramount,” he said.
Guterres was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and Head of the UN Refugee Agency from 2005 to 2015. As Secretary-General, he defended climate action, COVID vaccines -19 for all is numerical cooperation.
When he took the queens as head of the UN, the world body was fighting to end the wars and face humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen. Those conflicts have yet to be resolved, and Guterres is now also facing emergencies in Myanmar and the Tigray region in Ethiopia.