Portugal's Antonio Guterres favorite to be next United Nations secretary
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 06, 2016,
Oct 06, 2016, 6:25
If, as expected, the council selects Guterres, it will send a resolution to the 193-member General Assembly to approve the selection.
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"Today after six straw polls we have a clear favorite, and his name is Antonio Guterres", said Russia's ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, in announcing the deal alongside the 14 ambassadors from the Security Council. Tiffany Fields' son Luke has Down's Syndrome, heart defects, and epilepsy. "Once she looked at it, to her shock, she saw that her child was not only being physically abused but also verbally abused", said Golden.
Antonio Guterres gets 13 positive votes to succeed Ban Ki-moon following a 6th straw poll by the 15-member UN Security Council on on October 5, 2016. Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe have all held the post.
Russian Federation wanted an eastern European or European candidate for the job, while France would prefer a native French-speaker.
Veto-holders Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States used colour-coded ballots to indicate for the first time whether they meant to block a candidate.
But after Wednesday's straw poll, Malcorra joined Clark, Bokova, and other candidates on Twitter in congratulating Guterres.
Guterres will take the top job at the global organization in January 2017, according to a UN Security Council recommendation released on Wednesday.
The UN secretary-general is not bound by term limits.
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U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted a photograph of herself and other Security Council members, and wrote, "UN Security Council united around choice for next Secretary-General-Antonio Guterres". Sweet: by far the best man in the race.
In Guterres' vision statement in applying for the position, he wrote of the challenges facing the world in terms of rising inequality, terrorism and organized crime, climate change and the proliferation of armed actors internationally. Guterres' votes were all of the "encourage" variety, save two "no opinion" votes.
On Thursday, the council will formalize its decision in a vote and after that put the decision in a resolution.
Thirteen people went for the job, with Assembly members holding two-hour question and answer sessions with the candidates.
Far behind in second place was Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak with a vote of 7-6-2 including two "discourage" votes from permanent members.
While the process of choosing a new United Nations chief is called an election, any candidate can be ruled out if any of the UNSC permanent members votes against him or her.
Kristalina Georgieva, a 63-year-old Bulgarian who heads the European Union budget and human resources division, threw her hat into the ring last week - and was considered by some to be a strong contender.
Mr. Guterres had informal hearings with member states in July in which he answered questions and delivered his vision of running the United Nations. In an unprecedentedly transparent process, more akin to a democratic national election, all had to submit proposals for how they meant to fulfill their visions of United Nations leadership and turn up in the General Assembly to defend their policies in a debate-style forum.