UN chief Guterres seeks to stay on for second term

International Desk
11 January 2021, Mon
Published: 11:00

UN chief Guterres seeks to stay on for second term

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the five permanent members of the Security Council that he would like to stay on for a second term, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday citing two diplomats familiar with the matter.

He is likely to officially inform the president of the UN General Assembly soon, the report added.

The General Secretary, 71, took office as the ninth secretary-general in January 2017 for a five-year term that finishes at the end of the year.

Guterres was waiting for the results of the November election in the US before coming to a decision and was seeking a second term following the win of president-elect Joe Biden, according to Bloomberg.

The US and the United Nations were not on the same page in many instances during the administration of President Donald Trump.

Under Trump, the US left the World Health Organization and upset Security Council members with its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. It also exited the Paris climate accord.

Guterres’ office had no comment on the Bloomberg report. Source: Reuters