NEW YORK, June 18 (KUNA) -- The United Nations General Assembly appointed former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres as UN Secretary General for a second term on Friday.
After taking his oath of office, the UN chief vowed to "build bridges" and to "engage relentlessly in confidence building" between nations. He also underlined that COVID-19 precautionary measures were fundamental to the world order.
The 72-year-old succeeded Ban Ki-moon in early 2017 after heading the UN refugee agency from 2005 to 2015. Before that, he was Portugal's prime minister from 1995 to 2002.
Guterres' five-year term begins on January 1 after all 193 member countries of the General Assembly approved his reelection by "acclamation." (end)