The Security Council on Tuesday expressed its support for the candidacy of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for a second term at the helm of the organization, such as the Estonian Mission to the United Nations, which chaired the organ in June.
The approval of the Security Council is one of the key steps in the election of the organisation’s secretary-general, and the General Assembly is expected to confirm Guterres for another five years in a meeting before the end of June.
The mandate of Guterres, the ninth leader of the organization, ends at the end of 2021 and, as is customary with the secretaries-general of the United Nations, he is to assume two terms at the top. Only Butros Gali was an exception to this tradition, as he was not eligible for re-election due to the US veto.
The selection process for the Organization’s next Secretary General will follow the new 2016 model, which the UN itself describes as “more inclusive and transparent” as it will lead to a public debate that will also include members of society.