U.N. Security Council endorses Guterres for second term as Secretary-General

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Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations. /VCG
Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations. /VCG

The United Nation Security Council on Tuesday endorsed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second term.

Estonia’s U.N. Ambassador Sven Jurgenson, who is serving as Security Council president for the month of June, announced the endorsement after a private meeting of the council.

The endorsement greenlights the U.N. General Assembly to appoint Guterres for a second five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

The 72-year-old secured his first mandate in 2016, going through a reformed selection process that included a public informal dialogue session in the General Assembly, involving civil society representatives.

Guterres’ spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric announced in January the U.N. chief’s plans to seek a second term, “if that would be the will of the Member States.”

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