Today the United Nations Security Council nominated António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General to succeed current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting on January 1, 2017. The UN General Assembly will next need to approve the recommendation. Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, released the following statement.
“António Guterres is a determined diplomat and a relentless humanitarian. His deep understanding of the UN and international diplomacy, dedication to humanitarian needs, and track record of dealing with some of most complex challenges of our times will serve him well in leading the UN as it faces the challenges of the twenty-first century.
“As the world’s top diplomat, the UN Secretary-General defends and upholds the rights, well-being, and dignity of all people. Mr. Guterres will lead during a consequential time that requires a strong, effective UN to address today’s complex global problems and to advance peace and security, humanitarian response, human rights, and sustainable development. As the historic 2015 agreements on climate change and sustainable development showed, the UN continues to be an indispensable forum for global cooperation.
“Mr. Guterres was nominated from a strong field of candidates and has an opportunity to build on the legacy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to foster positive action for people and the planet.
“With the election of a new U.S. President also taking place this year, the need to maintain a strong U.S.-UN partnership is vital. Mr. Guterres has extensive experience and credibility with the U.S. and global foreign policy communities. Working together with the UN, Americans and people around the world have the opportunity to advance solutions to our greatest problems.
“The UN Foundation remains committed to supporting the next Secretary-General and the UN to create a more peaceful, prosperous planet that leaves no one behind.”
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The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.