Guterres, the only candidate for the UN presidency, said he was “humbled and energized” by the support of the nations of the world.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been unanimously re-elected for a second five-year term by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.
The 72-year-old Portuguese, who was the sole candidate for the world body’s top post, said on Friday that he had “bowed down and gained energy” from the aid, adding that his “second theme” would be “preventing all aspects of conflict and climate change.” from epidemics to poverty and inequality. ”
“I will do my utmost to ensure the flourishing of trust between the great and the small nations, to build bridges and to engage relentlessly in building trust,” Guterres told the General Assembly after taking office.
The ambassadors in the Assembly House began to applaud when Assembly President Volkan Bozkir announced Guterres’ re-election by “advertising” without a vote.
Earlier this month, the 15-member Security Council proposed that the General Assembly reappoint Guterres. His second term officially starts 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 focused on accommodating Trump, who questioned the value of the UN և its versatility.
Washington is the largest financial investor in the United Nations, accounting for 22 percent of the regular budget, or about a quarter of the peacekeeping budget. President Biden, who took office in January, began to restore funding from his predecessor to UN agencies and to work with the world body again.
Among those welcoming Guterres’ re-election were US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Blinken Guterres called him “results-oriented” and “a leader in a demanding role”.
“The United States is looking forward to continuing our strong, constructive relationship as we move forward to a more peaceful world with an urgent need to build a prosperous future,” Blinken said. “The United Nations is the inevitable anchor of a multilateral system” in which peoples work together to “face unprecedented challenges such as the COVID-19 epidemic, climate change, human rights, development, migration, and humanitarian crises.”
For her part, Merkel praised Guterres’ commitment to peaceful conflict resolution, climate protection, and “innovative solutions to global problems” in her first term, and thanked her for setting up the COVAX facility to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries.
“In particular, the coronavirus epidemic has shown us that it has the ability to respond quickly to current UN challenges,” he said.
Guterres was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and the Head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015. As Secretary-General, he advocated for climate action, COVID-19 vaccines for all, and digital collaboration.
When he took office as head of the United Nations, the world body was fighting to end the wars, to overcome the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Yemen. These conflicts are still unresolved; Guterres is now facing emergencies in Myanmar and in the Tigris region of Ethiopia.