Security Council President Sven Jurgenson said that Guterres conformed to the highest standards of competence and integrity.
The Assembly’s endorsement of the Council’s recommendation was only a formality because, in reality, the five permanent members of the Council through their veto powers control the selection and reappointment of the Secretary General.
India’s Support for Guterres
India, which is a non-permanent member of the Security Council, supported Guterres’s re-election there and in the Assembly.
After a meeting with Guterres last month, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted that New Delhi “values” his leadership and would back his re-election.
Guterres said on Friday: “We are writing our own history with the choices we make right now.” But he warned, “It can go either way: breakdown and perpetual crisis or breakthrough and prospect of a greener, safer and better future for all.”
However, he said that there were hopeful signs and “we feel a…