Antonio Guterres has been elected by the UN Security Council for a second term. There was no other candidate for the post of UN Secretary General. That is why he was elected unopposed on Tuesday.
Former Portuguese President Guterres has been serving as UN Secretary-General since 2016, the AFP news agency reported.
It is learned that this time the secretary general wanted to have at least 10 candidates in the election. However, no official support was given by the 193 member countries. As a result, they could not be candidates.
Estonian Ambassador Sven J জুrgensen said the closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council unanimously decided to give Guterres a second term. A resolution has been passed in the UN General Assembly recommending it.
It is known that the approval of the UN General Assembly is a formality. That formality will be rectified soon.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commented that the coronavirus vaccine is being distributed “terribly unequally and unfairly” worldwide. He told a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday that only 10 countries control 75 percent of the world’s vaccinations. He said 130 countries had not yet received a single dose of the vaccine.
“Vaccine equality is the biggest test for the world community at this difficult time,” Guterres told a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Guterres called for an urgent plan to implement a global vaccine with those concerned to ensure a fair distribution of vaccines in all countries. This will include scientists, vaccine manufacturers and donors.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the world’s top economies to form an emergency task force. This task force will bring together pharmaceuticals companies, key industries and organizations. At a meeting last Friday, Guterres said the G-7 alliance of the top seven economies could bring together the necessary sources of economic supplies.
On Tuesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Eberrd said that at the Security Council meeting, Mexico would focus on equal distribution of vaccines for all countries. He criticized the countries that are producing the vaccine, saying that the rate of vaccination is much higher, while the countries of South America are struggling to get the vaccine.
The World Health Organization plans to buy and supply vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. The company has already failed to achieve its goal of starting vaccination activities in this initiative called Covax. In recent weeks, a number of developing countries have signed private contracts to buy vaccines.