UN re-elects Antonio Guterres as secretary-general

New York - His second five-year term begins on January 1, 2022.

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Published: Fri 18 Jun 2021, 5:25 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Jun 2021, 5:50 PM

The UN General Assembly elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member world organization.

Ambassadors in the assembly chamber burst into applause as Assembly President Volkan Bozkir announced Guterres’ re-election by acclamation.

Just before the announcement, Estonia’s UN Ambassador Sven Jurgenson, the current Security Council president, read a resolution adopted by the 15-member council recommending Guterres for a second term.

Under the UN Charter, the General Assembly elects the secretary-general on the recommendation of the Security Council.

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