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Selection of UN chief enters phase of vision statement hearing
Published: May 05, 2021 05:48 PM
United Nations member states will gather Friday to hear the vision statement of incumbent Secretary-­General Antonio Guterres who is running for a second term, president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, said Tuesday.

"He [Guterres] will present his vision statement and take questions from member states in the General Assembly Hall, as well as questions from civil society, which have been collected also in advance," Volkan Bozkir told a press conference held at the UN headquarters in New York.

In 2015, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution that set out a new, transparent, open and inclusive process to select and appoint a secretary-general, which involves presenting a vision statement.

According to Bozkir, there are currently one candidate and seven applicants wishing to run for the next UN secretary-general.

Guterres became the ninth UN secretary-­general on January 1, 2017, succeeding Ban Ki-moon. Guterres served as High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency from June 2005 to December 2015 and prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. 


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