Antonio Guterres was sworn on Friday as UN Secretary-General for his second term. In a speech to the General Assembly Guterres thanked the Member States and said it was a “great privilege“to be re-elected as Secretary-General.
More than 60 U.N. agencies and international organizations urged governments on Thursday to take immediate steps to address the unfolding global recession and financial crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the world’s poorest countries.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, dismissed as a “commercial game” the result of the COP25 climate talks in Madrid. He particularly singled out rich European nations as the players.
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres announced on Thursday that he ha appointed a Personal Envoy who would be travelling to Bolivia to offer support to national leaders, following the departure of former president Evo Morales.
The UN Security Council ended 15 years of peacekeeping operations in Haiti on Tuesday, voicing regret that the country is still saddled with huge economic, political and social woes. The United Nations first sent peacekeepers to Haiti after then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by the army in 2004 under the pressure of a popular uprising.
After the South American country's failure to comply with the request that a project to increase Brazil's commitments with climate issues, the United Nations decided Wednesday to veto the speech which was to be delivered by dignitaries of President Jair Bolsonaro's administration.