On June 8, the Security Council approved Resolution 2580 by acclamation, and this document recommends that the General Assembly nominate Guterres for a second term, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2026.
This Friday session will be devoted specifically to the election of the highest representative of the United Nations, who, as planned, should appoint the Portuguese diplomat, who has no official opposition from any other candidate.
On the recommendation of the Security Council, which is considered the most important step in appointing the head of the United Nations, it remains only for the body in which the 193 member states meet for ratification.
At the beginning of the year, Guterres expressed his willingness to serve for a second five-year term, “if that is the will of the member states.”
In a letter to the President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, he said that it is an honor for him to continue to serve the organization in achieving its purposes and achieving its goals.
The Portuguese diplomat took office in January 2017 and was elected Secretary-General to succeed Ban Ki-moon after a highly competitive race in October 2016, which initially included 13 candidates.
With extensive experience in the diplomatic field, Guterres was the Prime Minister of Portugal and served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In addition, in his years as Secretary-General, he has had to face what he considers the greatest challenge to the United Nations since its founding 75 years ago: the Covid-19 pandemic.
The head of the United Nations is appointed by the Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council, and therefore the selection is subject to the veto of any of the five permanent members (Russia, China, the United States, France and the United Kingdom) of that body. of 15 members.
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