The UN Security Council recommended secretary general Antonio Guterres for a second five-year term as chief of the world organisation beginning 1 January 2022. The 15-nation council held a closed meeting where it unanimously adopted a resolution recommending Guterres' name to the 193-member general assembly for a second term as secretary general.

What

  1. Last month, India had conveyed its support to Guterres for his candidature as chief of the world body for a second term beginning January 2022.
  2. Guterres, the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations, took oath of office on 1 January 2017 and his first term ends on 31 December this year.
  3. Former Prime Minister of Portugal, Guterres served as the United Nations high commissioner for refugees from a decade from June 2005 to December 2015.
  4. Guterres, nominated by the government of Portugal, has been the only official candidate for the position of secretary general and his re-election was a given.
  5. In March, Guterres had circulated his vision statement and earlier in May, laid out his case for a second term to UN member states during an informal interactive dialogue convened in the general assembly hall.
  6. Guterres was elected after a reformed selection process that included a public informal dialogue session in the general assembly, involving civil society representatives, aimed at ensuring transparency and inclusivity.
  7. In accordance with Article 97 of the UN Charter, the appointment of the secretary general is made by the general assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council, which in effect means that any of the five permanent members can veto the nominee.
  8. Each secretary-general has the option of a second term if they can garner enough support from member states.
  9. India, currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2021-22 terms, will be president of the UN Security Council in August this year and in November 2022.