Incoming Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres
Incoming UN SG Vows To Uphold Human Dignity
MONROVIA, October 18 (LINA) - The incoming Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, has vowed to make human dignity the core of his work and that of the global body.
He said this is dictated by the human suffering he has witnessed over the last 10 years as head of the UN Refugee agency, according to a statement issued by the UN local office in Monrovia.
“I have witnessed, first hand, the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth. I have visited war zones and refugee camps where one might legitimately ask: what has happened to the 'dignity and worth of the human person?” the UNSG said.
He wondered what has made mankind immune to the plight of socially and economically underprivileged people, adding, “All this makes me feel the acute responsibility to make human dignity the core of my work - and I trust, the core of our common work.”
Speaking following his appointment by the General Assembly to the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations recently, Mr. Guterres said he is fully aware of the challenges the UN faces and the limitations surrounding the Secretary-General.
“The dramatic problems of today's complex world can only inspire a humble approach - one in which the Secretary-General alone neither has all the answers, nor seeks to impose his views; one in which the Secretary-General makes his good offices available, working as a convener, a mediator, a bridge-builder and an honest broker to help find solutions that benefit everyone involved,” he said.
Meanwhile, the new UN boss has pledged to continue to make the protection and empowerment of women and girls a priority commitment.
“I have long been aware of the hurdles women face in society, in the family and in the workplace just because of their gender. I have witnessed the violence they are subject to during conflict, or while fleeing it, just because they are women. I have tried to address this through every public office I have ever held,” Mr. Guterres pointed out.
He thanked the UN General Assembly and the Security Council for entrusting him with the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations.