This Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General expressed his thanks and humility for receiving official support from the Portuguese Government for a second term and promised to do everything to continue to be worthy of the appointment.
“The secretary-general is grateful and humble for the support and will do everything it can to be worthy of that trust, ”said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary general.
“The secretary-general had several conversations with Portuguese leaders this morning and was on the phone to express his thanks,” he said, in response to a question from the Lusa agency.
The Portuguese Government formalized, this Wednesday, the reappointment of António Guterres to a second term for five years as UN Secretary-General, with a brief ceremony at the official residence in Lisbon.
Prime Minister António Costa signed the letter to formalize the Executive’s proposal, a document addressed to the president of the UN General Assembly, Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir, and to the Security Council presidency, this month held by the United Kingdom.
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, also revealed that he spoke to Guterres on the phone to convey the your “warm support”. According to the head of state, the re-election “is excellent news for the United Nations, because it proved to be a brilliant secretary-general”, and also “it is excellent news for Portugal, because it is a Portuguese of enormous value”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also praised Guterres for “his knowledge of the great problems of the world, based on a vast international career and a unique experience at the service of the United Nations, namely in his current mandate”.
António Guterres’ term as UN Secretary-General began on 1 January 2017 and ends December 31.
In January of this year, António Guterres announced his readiness to serve a second five-year term between 2022 and 2026. This month, the United Nations began the formal selection process for the organization’s next secretary-general by asking the 193 Member States to submit the names of candidates for office.