UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will return to the top post for a second term.
With Friday’s oath, Guterres vowed to use the lessons learned from the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic worldwide.
Guterres will serve a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2022 to 2026.
Speaking at a news conference after being sworn in at the UN headquarters in New York, Antonio Guterres, 62, said: “Our biggest challenge at the same time is to take advantage of the Corona epidemic to change the world and learn from it.”
Guterres has been the Secretary-General of the United Nations since 2016. Taking on new responsibilities, he also pledged to advance green and sustainable development globally through practical international cooperation in solving global problems.
Guterres was Portugal’s prime minister from 1995 to 2002. He was nominated in 2016 for five years as UN Secretary-General. He took charge on January 1, 2016.
Guterres also served as Secretary-General of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for a decade from 2005 to 2015.
“Our important lesson from the many issues we have learned is that we cannot do anything alone,” he told a news conference after the swearing-in ceremony. Our more important lesson is to rebuild the relationship of solidarity and trust.
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