Guterres in, Clark concedes

After getting three ‘discourage’ votes from the five permanent members of the Security Council – any of which could veto her – Helen Clark has conceded she is out of the running for the position of United Nations Secretary General.

Clark has congratulated former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres as the ‘clear winner’ after he received no veto votes – he got 13 ‘encourage’ votes and 2 no opinion votes.

Congratulations Antonio . Clear winner in selection for . A longtime colleague: we were Prime Ministers & UN heads together:

A formal vote is now expected soon to confirm that the Security Council will recommend Guterres.


RNZ: Helen Clark’s bid to become UN Secretary General over

It has been as good as over for some time.

The 15-member Security Council cast secret ballots for each of the 10 candidates with the choices of encourage, discourage or no opinion. Guterres received 13 encourage votes and two no opinion votes.

“Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favorite and his name is Antonio Guterres,” Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters with his 14 council colleagues standing behind him.

“We have decided to go to a formal vote tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, and we hope it can be done by acclamation,” said Mr Churkin, who is council president for October.

For Mr Guterres to be formally recommended to the 193-member General Assembly for election, the Security Council still needs to adopt a resolution behind closed doors. The resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes to pass.

It seems like the appointment of Guterres is pretty much a formality now.

From the World Federation of United Nations Associations:

WFUNA Congratulates the Next Secretary-General of the UN

After the release of the results of the sixth informal Straw Poll today, and a subsequent formal vote tomorrow, it appears that the United Nations Security Council has reached a decision on a candidate to be nominated to the General Assembly to assume the position of UN Secretary-General. The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) welcome this show of unity by the Security Council.

The forthcoming nomination of H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres comes after the candidate availed himself to the openness and transparency of the new process, engaging in a number of civil society debates and dialogues.

WFUNA count upon H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres to follow through on his many commitments made during this process. In particular, we look forward to the following:

  • The reconstitution of UN Agency mandates and priorities to place the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the core work of the entire system
  • The introduction of a time-bound, clearly defined roadmap with benchmarks to achieve full gender and regional equity for high-level positions in the United Nations system
  • The commitment by the United Nations system as a whole to ensure that there is no impunity for UN forces and staff who commit sexual exploitation and abuse, and the prioritization of the protection of civilians for all UN Peace Operations
  • The integration of human rights throughout each UN agency and UN mission, a continuation of the legacy of H.E. Ban Ki-Moon’s Human Rights up Front initiative, and an institutional recommitment to mass atrocity prevention
  • A complete institutional commitment to the Sustaining Peace agenda and a recommitment to preventative diplomacy at the highest political level
  • A new mechanism and approach to foster serious responsibility and burden sharing to deal with the unprecedented refugee crisis the world is currently facing
  • Outside the box thinking to deal with the world’s humanitarian crisis that leverages new funding that does not undermining previous development cooperation resources
  • Further protection for civil society around the world and for their access and inclusion to United Nations processes
  • A commitment to the role of youth as agents for change, with the acknowledgement that Youth should be involved in decision-making at all levels
  • An attitude of independence throughout his tenure as UN Secretary-General to ensure that the international community can be supported to best deal with the many crises and issues facing the world today

If voted in by the General Assembly, WFUNA looks forward to supporting H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres in his role, and will do the utmost to work with his office and the rest of the UN system to help deliver on these promises.

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  1. Conspiratoor

     /  6th October 2016

    Apart from keeping her out of local politics who cares. Perhaps it’s this dysfunctional symbol of impotence itself that should be getting the arse card. The folks at the atheist conservative blog have a 10 point argument for binning the thing…

    1. The United Nations Obstructs America’s Defense of the Free World

    2. The United Nations is a Force of Global Injustice

    3. The UN Obstructs the Prevention of Genocide

    4. The UN Distorts Women’s Rights to Promote Violence against Women

    5. The UN Cannot Prevent Nuclear Proliferation

    6. The UN is an Undemocratic Perversion of Democracy

    7. The United Nations is Hopelessly Corrupt

    8. The UN is an Economic Drain on America

    9. The United Nations Endangers American Civil Liberties

    10. The UN Holds Human Rights Hostage to its Double Standards

    • Gezza

       /  6th October 2016

      Godless bastards. 👿 What do they know, c ❓ 👼

      • Corky

         /  6th October 2016

        Well, at least we know they aren’t the devils advocate.

        • Gezza

           /  6th October 2016

          How do you know? I’ve been reliably informed many times by those whose souls have been opened to Jesus that Beelzebub is devilishly cunning & that I’m in for a real bad time down at Satan’s digs for, like, forever, post-mortem. 😟

          • Corky

             /  6th October 2016

            Ah, the second death, where the soul goes through a mince grinder and sin is purged. Fear not, Gezza, that is the fate of us all. Pray to Father Pio for a miracle. That you may pass through hell as quickly as possible. But going on your current form you, Lurchy and Parti will need much grinding.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  6th October 2016

              No need to grind the Tally Ho Akbars a second time. Instant purge, those guys are onto something

            • Gezza

               /  6th October 2016

              May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your underwear, Corkers.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  6th October 2016

              You are a treasure corks. May your camels spit nothing but dates

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  6th October 2016

    I’ve never heard of WFUNA but judging by that nausea-inducing list of bureaucratic platitudes I haven’t missed much.

  3. I was glad to hear Senor Guterres has the nod.. ex-PM of Portugal (decrim all drugs) 😀

    maybe the ‘talk of law reform’ at UNGASS in April, may finally ‘get some teeth ?’ rather than just get swept under the carpet again ?? :/


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