The United Nations (UN) Security Council is expected later on Tuesday to make a formal recommendation to the General Assembly that the incumbent, Antonio Guterres
, be appointed to a second term as Secretary-General.
Guterres’ current five-year term ends on December 31st.
The process of selecting the next UN Chief began in February with Portugal presenting Guterres as their candidate for the position and a 2022-2026 mandate.
The incumbent was the only candidate formally nominated by a member state – key criteria for anyone seeking the UN’s highest office.
Laying out a vision statement for a second term in May, Guterres called for a surge in diplomacy for peace while urging member states to avoid a new type of cold war while stressing the linkages between the climate threat, nuclear proliferation and the pushback on human rights globally.
The position has never been held by a woman and it appears inevitable that the wait will continue for at least another five years.