The secretary-general says he can be ‘deeply humbled’ if the UN Common Meeting had been to approve a second time period.
The United Nations Safety Council has backed Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres for a second time period, recommending that the 193-member Common Meeting appoint him for one more 5 years from January 1, 2022.
Estonia’s UN Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, council president for June, stated the Common Meeting was more likely to meet to make the appointment on June 18.
“He has confirmed worthy of the publish already with the 5 years he has been in workplace,” Jürgenson stated on Tuesday.
“He has been a wonderful secretary-general. He’s a bridge builder … He’s capable of converse to all people, and I believe that is one thing that’s anticipated from the secretary-general.”
In an announcement, Guterres stated: “I’m very grateful to the members of the council for the belief they’ve positioned in me.
“I’d be deeply humbled if the Common Meeting had been to entrust me with the obligations of a second mandate.”
Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017, after a hotly contested race in October 2016 that originally included 13 candidates – seven girls and 6 males.
It was simply weeks earlier than US President Donald Trump took workplace. A lot of Guterres’s first time period was centered on placating Trump, who questioned the worth of the UN and multilateralism.
America is the biggest UN monetary contributor, accountable for 22 % of the common funds and a few quarter of the peacekeeping funds. US President Joe Biden has already began restoring funding cuts made by Trump to some UN companies and re-engaged with the world physique.
A handful of individuals sought to problem Guterres, however the 72-year-old former prime minister of Portugal was formally unopposed. An individual would solely be thought-about a candidate as soon as nominated by a member state. Portugal put ahead Guterres for a second time period, however nobody else had the backing of a member state.
Guterres held a prolonged open query and reply session with the UN diplomats within the Common Meeting final month after which met Safety Council members privately.
He was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 after which head of the UN refugee company from 2005 to 2015. As secretary-general, Guterres has backed local weather motion, COVID-19 vaccines for all and digital cooperation.
When he took the reins because the UN chief, the world physique was struggling to finish wars and take care of humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen. These conflicts are nonetheless unresolved, and Guterres is now additionally confronted with emergencies in Myanmar and Ethiopia’s Tigray area.
New York-based Human Rights Watch urged Guterres to take a extra public stand throughout his second time period, noting that his “latest willingness” to denounce abuses in Myanmar and Belarus needs to be expanded to incorporate “highly effective and guarded” governments deserving condemnation.
“Guterres’s first time period was outlined by public silence concerning human rights abuses by China, Russia, and the US and their allies,” stated Kenneth Roth, government director of Human Rights Watch.