Guterres is offering Merkel UN adviser posts, sources say

NEW YORK, January 19. (DPA/EP) –

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has offered former German Chancellor Angela Merkel an advisory position at the organization, according to organization sources quoted by German news agency DPA.

Guterres is offering Merkel UN adviser posts, sources say
Guterres is offering Merkel UN adviser posts, sources say

Guterres reportedly asked Merkel to chair an advisory panel made up of former heads of state with the aim of “identifying global public goods and other areas of common interest where improvements in governance are most urgently needed and proposing options on how.” this could be achieved”.

This committee is one of Guterres’ most important reform projects ahead of his second term, which began in January. Global public goods include issues such as applicable aviation safety and world trade regulations, and the state of the ozone layer.

Guterres has argued that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed significant gaps in international cooperation, which is why the committee he is planning is seeking to stimulate practices and principles for action at the international level.

The secretary-general would have forwarded the offer directly to Merkel, according to these sources, who have however stated that the likelihood of German politicians taking it up is quite low, without apparently having received a reply for the time being.

Merkel, 67, did not stand in the federal elections in September and retired from national politics at the end of the year after 16 years as chancellor of the European country, being succeeded by Olaf Scholz.

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