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Re-appointment of Guterres, a vote of confidence – UN deputy chief

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Re-appointment of Guterres, a vote of confidence – UN deputy chief

By Cecilia Ologunagba

Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said Antonio Guterres’s reappointment as Secretary-General by the 193-member world body was a vote of confidence in his leadership.

Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Guterres’ appointment comes at a time of extremely difficult circumstances for the world resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guterres, whose first five-year term began on January 1, 2017 and ends on December 31, 2021, was the only candidate of the 193 UN member states to compete for the top post.

He was nominated by his native Portugal, and appointed by acclamation of the General Assembly, after prior approval by the UN Security Council for a second term that runs from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2026.

The deputy UN scribe regretted that the pandemic had a negative impact on the health and economy of the world.

She said, however, that Guterres would focus on bringing COVID-19 out of the world in her second term, adding that being on top of the UN is a service to humanity.

“This (renewal) is an honor, it is a humble privilege to be there; the first term took place under extreme circumstances, particularly during the last two years of COVID-19.

“So having this confidence to re-elect the Secretary General is a vote of confidence in his leadership, in his ability to bring countries together and advance the agenda for peace, human rights and development,” he said. she declared.

Mohammed, who the UN chief immediately asked to join him for his second term, said the leadership team would help member states recover from the devastation caused by the pandemic.

“Now what we have before us is how to recover from this pandemic, which has had massive effects on economies around the world.

“Even more, it had an effect on the health of the people; we need to focus on vaccination, getting everyone vaccinated.

“So that we can open our businesses, open our economies, and we have to put the investments necessary for the recovery of the economies,” Mohammed said.

She said responses from the world community that would determine the recovery.

“It is the job of the Secretary General and his leadership to facilitate this and help member states recover,” she said.

NAN reports that speaking with reporters after being sworn in for a second term on Friday, Guterres said he offered Mohammed to continue in office.

“After being elected, I am pleased to invite the Deputy Secretary General to remain in my second term and I hope she will accept,” he said.

Mohammed, who was standing behind Guterres during the press conference, also replied: “an absolute honor”.

The deputy UN chief had previously served as special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mohammed, who is the UN’s fifth Deputy Secretary-General, previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment from 2015 to 2016 and was a key player in the post-2015 development agenda process.

The Deputy Secretary-General had also served as Senior Special Assistant to former Nigerian Presidents on the Millennium Development Goals.

She was appointed in 2012 by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning that paved the way for the Sustainable Development Goals. (NAA)

(NAN)

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