Antonio Guterres elected as UN chief for 2nd term
Published: 09:14 PM, 8 June 2021 Updated: 09:22 PM, 8 June 2021
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres, the current Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), has been elected as the UN chief for the second term.
The UN Security Council voted Tuesday to give Antonio Guterres a second term, with conflict resolution set to top his agenda at the world body’s helm.
According to France24, the 72-year-old former Portugal Prime Minister has held office since 2017 and faced no competition for the next term.
Although 10 people applied for the position, however, they were not formal candidates as none of the 193 UN member states endorsed them.
Sven Jurgenson, Estonian ambassador and the current president of the UN Security Council, said the council voted unanimously to recommend Guterres for another term.
During his first term, Guterres was forced to concentrate on limiting the potential damage from the unilateral, nationalist and alliance-wary foreign policy of Donald Trump.
Now, as he embarks on a new term, Guterres will need “a battle plan” for all the crises around the globe, one diplomat said. – AFP