Proud to have been present, among representatives of the entire world, at the historic moment when the United Nations General Assembly appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon when he stepped down on 31 December 2016.
An emotional moment for everyone present including Mr. Guterres himself, who addressed the General Assembly in English, French and Portuguese.
‘‘I have faith in the United Nations because I believe in the universal values it stands for: peace, justice, human dignity, tolerance and solidarity. Based on these values, I believe that diversity in all its forms is a tremendous asset, and not a threat; that in societies that are more and more multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious, diversity can bring us together, not drive us apart.”
An extract from Mr. Guterres’ speech which I found particularly resonating.
António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations
October 13th, 2016