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India expresses its support for the re-election of Antonio Guterres as UN Secretary General | India News


UNITED NATIONS: India has conveyed its support to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his candidacy as head of the world body for a second five-year term starting in January 2022.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with Guterres here on Tuesday and had a “warm and comprehensive” meeting during which he discussed several critical issues, including the Covid challenge, the importance of increasing vaccine supply chains, the climate action, regional challenges and India’s priorities during its upcoming Security Council Presidency in August.
“India values ​​the leadership of the UNSG at the UN, especially in these challenging times. It conveyed our support for its candidacy for a second term,” Jaishankar said in a tweet after the meeting.
Subsequently, a press release issued by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN also stated that Jaishankar “conveyed that India values ​​the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, especially in these difficult times. He conveyed India’s support to his candidacy for reelection for a second term “.
This is the first time that Jaishankar has publicly declared India’s support for a second term for Guterres.
Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, was sworn in on January 1, 2017, and his first term ends on December 31 of this year. The term of the next Secretary General will begin on January 1, 2022.
Former Prime Minister of Portugal Guterres served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a decade, from June 2005 to December 2015.
Guterres, nominated by the Government of Portugal, is the only official candidate for the post of Secretary General as of now and his re-election is a fact.
In March, Guterres circulated his vision statement and, in early May, presented his case for a second term to UN member states during an informal interactive dialogue convened in the General Assembly Hall. Following this informal dialogue, the Security Council will begin its selection process for the world’s top diplomat in June.
Guterres was elected after a reformed selection process that included an informal public dialogue session in the General Assembly, in which representatives of civil society participated, with the aim of ensuring transparency and inclusion.
In his vision statement ‘Restore Confidence and Inspire Hope’, Guterres said imperatives for the next five years include mounting a massive and lasting response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its short-term consequences, leaving no stone unturned. in the future. seek peace and security, make peace with nature and climate action, promote the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and advocate for a more equitable world among other issues.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, the UN is more relevant than ever … We must act as a catalyst and platform for more inclusive, interconnected and effective forms of multilateralism.
“Our direction of travel is clear on peace and security, climate action, sustainable development, human rights and the humanitarian imperative. Our power to transform the current situation into a better world and a future for all depends on all in everywhere and can only be achieved successfully if we are determined and determined to combine our efforts towards our common agenda for the benefit of humanity and the planet, ”Guterres said in his vision statement.
In January, Guterres had confirmed that he will seek a second five-year term as head of the world organization.
According to Article 97 of the Charter of the United Nations, the appointment of the Secretary General is made by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council, which in fact means that any of the five permanent members can veto the nominee.
Each Secretary General has the option of a second term if he can obtain sufficient support from Member States.
India, currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021-22, will be president of the UN Security Council in August this year and in November 2022.

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