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Security Council nominates Guterres for second term as UN chief

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By Cecilia Ologunagba

The Security Council has officially chosen the current Secretary-General António Guterres as a candidate for a second five-year term at the head of the UN.

The recommendation, formulated in a resolution passed by acclamation in private session, is now submitted to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval.

In a statement on Tuesday, Guterres said it was a great honor to be selected and thanked the ambassadors on the Security Council for placing their trust in him.

“My gratitude also extends to Portugal, for proposing me again; it was an immense privilege to be at the service of the peoples.

“To be at the service of the peoples and at the head of the extraordinary women and men of this organization for four and a half years, when we have been confronted with so many complex challenges.

“I would be deeply touched if the General Assembly gave me the responsibilities of a second term,” said the UN chief.

As part of the procedures for appointing the new head of the world body, after the recommendation of the Security Council has been transmitted to the General Assembly, a draft resolution is issued for the Assembly to take a decision.

After appropriate consultations with Member States, the President of the Assembly sets a date for the consideration of the draft.

Guterres circulated his vision statement for a second five-year term in March, and in early May, he took part in an informal interactive dialogue at UN headquarters.

The informal dialogues were introduced during the last selection process at the United Nations General Assembly, with the idea of ​​allowing candidates to present their views and answer questions from a wide range of community representatives. global, including civil society, setting a new standard of transparency.

The last six selection bodies for Secretaries General were appointed by the Assembly by a resolution adopted by consensus.

A vote will only take place if a Member State so requests and a simple majority of voters would be required for the Assembly to adopt the resolution.

But the Assembly could decide that the decision requires a two-thirds majority. If there is a vote, it will be by secret ballot. (NAA)

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