Kenya to work with Guterres to make UN responsive to African issues in second term

Antonio Guterres on November 4, 2015, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek

Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Martin Kimani has said Nairobi hopes to work closely with Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his second term.

The UN Security Council on Tuesday backed Guterres for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years from January 1, 2022.

Estonia’s UN Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, council president for June, said the General Assembly was likely to meet to make the appointment on June 18.

Kimani said the council voted by acclamation.

“Next is a vote by the General Assembly on June 18. Kenya looks forward to working closely with him to make the UN truly responsive to Africa’s challenges and opportunities,” Ambassador Kimani said on Tuesday.

Kenya’s Permanent Representative at the UN Amb Martin Kimani addresses the meeting of the Group of Friends on “Climate and Security” at the UN on March 5, 2021/ KENYA IN UN

Guterres said in a statement that he was grateful to council members for trusting him.

 “I would be deeply humbled if the General Assembly were to entrust me with the responsibilities of a second mandate.”

Guterres, 72, succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 and did not have an official opponent for his second term.

He served as Portugal Prime Minister from 1995 to 2002, when he moved the UNHCR between 2005 to 2015.

As secretary-general, he has prioritized climate action, Covid-19 vaccines for all and digital cooperation.

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