UN Names New Secretary General
According to most sources, António Guterres should be a good pick for UN Secretary General. He is the first former Prime Minister to take the position, having been Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. He also brings an understanding of the UN from the time he served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from June 2005 to December 2015. He is a left-of-center politician, having served as President of Socialists International. The US mission said that “he has the character, vision, and skills needed to lead the United Nations at this critical moment and to reform its organizations and operations to better meet these unprecedented challenges.” We are still hoping that a woman might be named Deputy Secretary General!
The US ambassador also paid tribute to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his decade of service to the U.N. saying “he has galvanized the international community behind efforts to address climate change, pushed the United Nations to prevent and resolve deadly conflicts, and advocated for universal values and human rights.” The Secretary General will leave office with two huge parts of his agenda now being implemented—the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Agreement.