Mr. Guterres, 72, who made a name for himself during his first stint as a devotee, said, “I will do everything in my power to make things happen. There is reason to hope.” Defender of multilateralism and climate action.
In this regard, he recalled that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed “our common vulnerability, our interdependence and the absolute need for collective action”.
“Our biggest challenge – as well as our biggest opportunity – is to use this crisis as an opportunity to make a difference, to turn to a world that learns its lessons, in a better, greener and better way. Sustainable, and move forward with more effective international cooperation to address global concerns,” he said.
He said the main theme of his vision for his second term as Secretary-General is “Prevention – Prevention in all its aspects – Poverty and inequality from conflict, climate change, pandemic”.
“Indeed, our success in finding solutions to interconnected problems depends on our ability to anticipate, prevent and prepare for major risks to come. This means more innovation, more inclusion and greater foresight.’ Investing in global public goods Which we all support,” observed the former Prime Minister of Portugal.
“All this requires a new era for a new era of multilateralism, based on the principles of equality and solidarity,” he said.
The Prime Minister of Portugal from 1997 to 2002, Antonio Guterres was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015, before becoming the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2017.