UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres was sworn in Friday for a second time period as head of the world physique, promising to attract on the teachings of the lethal Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our best problem — and which is on the identical time our best alternative — is to make use of this disaster to show the tide, pivot in direction of a world that learns classes,” the previous Portuguese prime minister mentioned because the Normal Meeting re-appointed him for the 2022-2016 time period. This, Guterres added, would come with selling a “simply, inexperienced and sustainable restoration” which reveals the best way ahead “via elevated and efficient worldwide cooperation to deal with international points.”
In workplace since 2017, Guterres promised to behave independently of member states and organizations throughout the swearing-in ceremony attended by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the primary head of state to set foot within the United Nations constructing for greater than a yr due to the pandemic.
Guterres added that it might be important to “make prevention and preparedness — within the broad sense of the phrases — a high precedence within the worldwide system. Talking at a press convention after the ceremony, Guterres reiterated that “from the numerous classes that we discovered, an important lesson is that alone we will do nothing. Crucial lesson is that we have to rebuild solidarity and belief.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Guterres saying his nation regarded ahead to “persevering with our robust and constructive relationship” with the secretary-general. International points “require a collaborative, efficient, and results-oriented chief within the United Nations secretariat, and we have now that in Antonio Guterres,” Blinken added.
The 193-member Normal Meeting had authorised a decision extending Guterres’ five-year time period, somewhat than taking a vote. The UN Safety Council, at a vital stage within the nomination course of, gave its blessing on June eight to the reappointment of the 72-year-old, who had beforehand served as UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015.