18 June 2021 - Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Mr. Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history.
"We are writing our own history with the choices we make right now. It can go either way: breakdown and perpetual crisis or breakthrough and prospect of a greener, safer and better future for all. There are reasons to be hopeful," he told ambassadors.
He was nominated by his homeland, Portugal, and appointed by acclamation by the General Assembly, following prior endorsement by the UN Security Council, for a second term that runs from January 2022 to December 2026.
He said it was crucial that the way out of the pandemic should occur on a much more equitable basis, going forward: "Our greatest challenge - which is at the same time our greatest opportunity - is to use this crisis to turn the tide, pivot towards a world that learns lessons, promotes a just, green and sustainable recovery and shows the way via increased and effective international cooperation to address global issues."
Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elías - Mr. António Guterres is appointed by acclamation Secretary-General of the United Nations by the UN General Assembly for a second term of office starting 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2026.