Ban Ki-moon bows out as UN Secretary, Guterres resumes | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

The outgoing Secretary- General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon,  on Thursday praised his expected successor Antonio Guterres as “a superb choice.”

Guterres, a former head of UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and Portuguese premier, was due to be nominated later in the day by the UN Security Council.

“I know Guterres very well and consider him a superb choice,” Ban said after talks in Rome with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

The new UN chief has “deep compassion,” ability to work “around the clock,” a “wide knowledge of world affairs” and a “lively intellect,” Ban said.

The outgoing secretary-general looked back at his record and at the looming entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Climate change has been my top priority throughout my 10 years in office,” he said.

Ban listed strengthening peace operations, achieving sustainable development, upholding human rights and easing humanitarian suffering as challenges for Guterres, whose nomination dashes hopes of the UN picking its first-ever female leader.

“As the ninth man to serve as secretary general, Guterres has a special responsibility to include, support and empower the world’s women and girls,” said Ban.

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  1. Let see what ur tenure will bring to d Antonio guterres..

  2. Very good development as Mr Ban was a very useless Sec.Gen who was there only to serve American interest. It's a pity that after Boutrus Ghali and Koffi Annan, such a wimp was elected . I hope the new man serves with integrity.


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