Antonio Guterres Elected As Second-Term UN Secretary General

UMMATIMES - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was sworn in for a second term by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

Speaking in the General Assembly chamber, Guterres reflected on the "solemn moment", telling member states that he was "very grateful for the trust that has been placed in me."

“We are truly at a crossroads with consequential choices before us, paradigms changing, old orthodoxy reversed and we are writing our own history with the choices we are making now. This can happen either way: perpetual destruction and crisis, or breakthroughs and prospects for a greener, safer and better future for all."

Guterres will begin his second five-year term on January 1, 2022. The former Portuguese prime minister was elected by the United Nations assembly to replace Ban Ki-moon in October 2016.

UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir congratulated Guterres on his re-election.

"I welcome the strong universal support from member states for your reappointment and urge all member states to continue to empower you to direct this organization to meet their needs," Bozkir said.

Guterres' second term will expire on December 31, 2026.