The U.N. Security Council gave its blessing Tuesday to a second term for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“The Security Council, having considered the question of the recommendation for the appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, recommends to the General Assembly that Mr. António Guterres be appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations for a second term of office from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2026,” Estonian Ambassador Sven Jurgenson, council president, read from a communique.
The council made its recommendation during a brief private meeting. Guterres’ nomination will next move to the 193-member General Assembly, where it is likely to be approved in a consensus vote on June 18.
The 15-nation Security Council’s approval is critical, because any of the five permanent members (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States) could block the nomination.
Ambassador Jurgensen said Guterres has done an “excellent” job in his first term and shown that he is “worthy” of the post.