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El Club de Madrid felicita a Antonio Guterres, nuevo Secretario General de la ONU

El Club de Madrid felicita a Antonio Guterres, nuevo Secretario General de la ONU

Octubre 06, 2016

Antonio Guterres, ex Primer Ministro de Portugal (1995-20019 y miembro del Club de Madrid desde 2002, recibió ayer el apoyo del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas para convertirse en el próximo Secretario General de la organización. Guterres no recibió ningún voto negativo, lo que significó que ninguno de los países con derecho a veto bloquearon su nominación.


As he has said of himself, Club de Madrid believes Guterres is "an honest broker, a bridge-builder and someone who tries to create conditions for consensus".  He is a democratic champion, and a fighter for human rights, always ready to bring moderation and  These features along with his experience of 10 years as the UN High Commissioner for refugees were the perfect preparation for the role as Secretary General.

 Thirteen other candidates vied for the job, including Club de Madrid members Helen Clark, former PM of New Zealand, and Danilo Turk, former President of Slovenia.

Now as UN Secretary General, he will take over from Ban Ki-moon after a ten-year term. Club de Madrid whishes to thank mr. Ban for his efforts in achieving a better world. In 2015 he closed the our organization’s  2015 Policy Dialogue “Madrid+10, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” focused on finding democratic answers to tackle the challenge of radicalism and violence. Also in 2015, he oversaw the Paris Climate Conference that lead to the biggest global climate-change agreement, followed by the launching of the Agenda 2030, the new set of Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Ban referred to them as “a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”

As a student, Guterres saw the social problems of  Salazar’s dictatorship and decided to get involved into politics. He began his career in public service as the head of the Industrial Planning Division of the Cabinet in 1973 and served as Member of the Assembly of the Republic for the Socialist Party from 1976 to 2001.

From 1985 to 1986 he was Minister of Industry. In October 1995 Guterres took office as Prime Minister of Portugal and was re-elected in 1999. He held office until 2001. He was also Secretary of Socialist International from 1999 to 2005.

In 2005 Guterres left the national political sceneand decided to do humanitarian work at the global level, so he applied to be the U.N. refugee chief and got the job, a position he held until last December. During that time he held strong and compelling ideas on how to deal with the refugee situation. “How can we organize ourselves to assume our international responsibilities?” he asked when talking about refugees. Guterres called for a multilateral turn toward acceptance and respect —a preventing strategy to defy groups like ISIS's anti-refugee propaganda and recruiting machine.

The secretary-general has three broad tasks: to encourage a multiplicity of agencies to help poor countries grow less so; to uphold human rights across the world; and to prevent war and pick up the pieces after violence has broken out.

Club de Madrid applauds the efforts of the UN in being more transparent when electing its Secretary General. For the first time the process was open and began with public hearings before the UN General Assembly in April.



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