July 26, 2021

Antonio Guterres, confirmed for a second term at the head of the UN, calls for “a world that learns lessons”

The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) approved, Friday, June 18, the granting to Antonio Guterres of a second term at the head of the body for 2022-2026. In front of the 193 member countries, the former Portuguese Prime Minister called for the establishment “A world that learns lessons” of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic:

“Our greatest challenge – which is at the same time our greatest opportunity – is to use this crisis to turn the tide, pivot towards a world that learns lessons, that promotes a just, green and sustainable recovery, and that shows the path through increased and effective international cooperation to address global issues. “

“Taking this step will take a real effort to strengthen what works and courage to learn from what does not work.”, he added. This requires that we make prevention and preparedness – in the broadest sense of the term – a top priority of the international system. “

Solidarity and trust

In office since 2017, the UN chief was sworn in by promising to act independently of member states or organizations, during a ceremony attended by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, first chief State to cross the doors of the United Nations for more than a year of pandemic.

During a press conference after the ceremony, the UN Secretary General recalled that, “Of the many lessons we have learned, the most important is that alone we cannot do anything. The most important lesson is that we must rebuild solidarity and trust ” between states, he said, committing to work in this direction during his second term.

Beforehand, the General Assembly had approved in the morning by acclamation and without a vote a resolution extending the five-year term of Mr. Guterres. The UN Security Council, whose crucial decision in the appointment process, for its part gave its blessing on June 8 to the reappointment of the former Portuguese Prime Minister, 72, former High Commissioner of Nations United for Refugees between 2005 and 2015.

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The World with AFP