António Guterres to Be Next U.N. Secretary General

Statement of the President of the UN General Assembly on the sixth informal and first colour-coded straw poll of the Security Council for the position of Secretary-General

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 5 October 2016 — On behalf of the Security Council, the Permanent Representative of Russia, H.E. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, has just informed H.E. Peter Thomson, the President of the UN General Assembly, that the sixth informal and first colour-coded straw poll of the Security Council for the position of Secretary-General took place earlier today and that António Guterres has emerged as the unanimous choice.

Antonio-GuterresAmbassador Churkin told President Thomson that the Security Council will meet tomorrow (6 October) to take a formal vote which is expected to pass by acclamation.

The President thanked him for the information and said he was ready to further progress the process of appointing the next Secretary-General in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

The Security Council will adopt a resolution, traditionally behind closed doors, recommending that the General Assembly appoint Guterres for a five-year term from Jan. 1, 2017. The resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes to pass.

“We hope it can be done by acclamation,” Churkin said.

Thirteen people were nominated in the race to become the next U.N. chief, but three had already withdrawn before Wednesday’s secret ballot.

 

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