United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was on Friday, unanimously re-elected for a second five-year term by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.
The 72-year-old Portuguese, who’s second term starts on January 1, 2022, succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 as the ninth secretary-general.
Speaking with journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, Guterres said he had extended an offer to Amina Mohammed to continue in office.
“After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept,” he said.
Mohammed, who was standing behind Guterres at the press briefing, responded with the comment “absolute honour”.
Before her appointment in 2017, she was Nigeria’s minister of environment under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
She had also served as the special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.
(Some Input from The cable)