Guterres is the only candidate for the highest position in the United Nations. He said that the support of countries around the world made him “feel humble and energetic.”
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, was unanimously elected by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly for re-election for a second five-year term.
The 72-year-old Portuguese is the only candidate for the top position in the world organization. He said on Friday that he feels “humbly and energetic” for this support, adding that the “pushing theme” for his second term. It will be “comprehensive prevention”. Aspects-from conflict, climate change, epidemics to poverty and inequality”.
After taking the oath of office, Guterres told the conference: “I will do my best to ensure that trust between large and small nations flourishes, build bridges, and work tirelessly to build trust.”
When the President of the General Assembly Vulcan Bozkir announced Guterres’ re-election by “applause” without a vote, the ambassadors of the General Assembly Hall burst into applause.
Earlier this month, the 15-member Security Council recommended that the General Assembly reappoint Guterres. His second term will officially begin on January 1, 2022.
Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017, just a few weeks before Donald Trump became President of the United States. Guterres spent most of his first term in pacifying Trump, who questioned the value of the United Nations and multilateralism.
Washington is the largest financial contributor to the United Nations, responsible for 22% of the regular budget and about a quarter of the peacekeeping budget. President Joe Biden took office in January and has begun to resume his predecessor’s reduction of funding to the United Nations agency and to reconnect with the world agency.
Those who welcomed Guterres’ re-election included U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Brinken called Guterres a “result-oriented” and “capable leader.”
The United States “looks forward to continuing our strong and constructive relationship…as we advance the urgent task of achieving a more peaceful world and a prosperous future,” Brinken said. “The United Nations is an indispensable pillar of the multilateral system.” All countries work together to “response unprecedented challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, human rights, development, immigration, and humanitarian crises.”
For her part, Merkel praised Guterres for his commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflicts, climate protection and “innovative solutions to global problems” during his first term, and thanked him for helping to establish COVAX facilities to provide them to poorer countries COVID-19 vaccine.
“The coronavirus pandemic in particular has shown us that the ability of the United Nations to respond quickly to current challenges is crucial,” she said.
Guterres was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and the head of the UN refugee agency from 2005 to 2015. As Secretary-General, he supports climate action, COVID-19 vaccine for all, and digital collaboration.
When he was the Secretary-General of the United Nations, this world institution was working to end the war and respond to the humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen. These conflicts are still unresolved, and Guterres is still facing emergency situations in Myanmar and the Tigray region of Ethiopia.