UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres Born on 30 April 1949 in Lisbon, Portugal was sworn in on Friday for a second term as head of the world body, promising to draw on the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our greatest challenge and which is at the same time our greatest opportunity – is to use this crisis to turn the tide, pivot towards a world that learns lessons,” the former Portuguese prime minister, said as the General Assembly reappointed him for the 2022-2026 term.
This, Guterres added, would include promoting a “just, green and sustainable recovery” which shows the way forward “through increased and effective international cooperation to address global issues”.
Guterres, in office since 2017, added that it would be essential to “make prevention and preparedness in the broad sense of the words-a top priority in the international system”.
The 193-member General Assembly had approved a resolution extending Guterres’ five year term, rather than taking a