• The United Nations General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres as the ninth UN Secretary General (UNSG) for a second term beginning 1st January, 2022 and ending on 31st 2026.
  • India had expressed its support for the re-election of Guterres as UN Chief.

Important points:

  • Guterres took oath of office on 1st January, 2017 and his first term ends on 31st December 2021.
  • Guterres served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a decade from June 2005 to December 2015.
  • He was the former Prime minister of Portugal.
  • Under the UN Charter, the Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
  • Each Secretary-General has the option of a second term if they can garner enough support from Member states.
  • Guterres was elected after a reformed selection process that included a public informal dialogue session in the General Assembly, involving civil society representatives, aimed at ensuring transparency and inclusivity.

UN Charter:

  • The Charter of the United Nations is the founding document of the United Nations. It was signed on 26th June 1945, conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24th October 1945.
  • The UN can take action on a wide variety of issues due to its unique international character and the powers vested in its Charter, which is considered an international treaty.
  • As such, the UN Charter is an instrument of international law, and UN Member States are bound by it. The UN Charter codifies the major principles of international relations, from sovereign equality of States to the prohibition of the use of force in international relations.
  • The General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations.
  • Composed of all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.
  • It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law.
  • Established by the UN charter in 1945, the Security Council has the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security.
  • The Security Council has 15 members.
  • There are five permanent members: the United States, the Russian Federation, France, China and the United Kingdom.
  • The non-permanent members of the Security Council are elected for a term of two years. Recently, India has been elected.
  • Each member of the Security Council has one vote. Decisions of the Security Council on matters are made by an affirmative vote of nine members including the concurring votes of the permanent members. A “No” vote from one of the five permanent members blocks the passage of the resolution.
  • Any member of the United Nations which is not a member of the Security Council may participate, without vote, in the discussion of any question brought before the Security Council whenever the latter considers that the interests of that member are specially affected.

United Nations

  • The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945.
  • It is currently made up of 193 Member States.
  • India is a charter member of the United Nations and participates in all of its specialised agencies and organizations.

Its activities include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international law.

  1. The General Assembly,
  2.  The Security Council,
  3. The Economic and Social Council,
  4. The Trusteeship Council,
  5. The International Court of Justice,
  6. The UN Secretariat.

Way Forward

  • The UN must act as a catalyst and a platform for more inclusive, networked and effective forms of multilateralism.
  • The power to transform the current situation into a better world and future for all depends on everyone everywhere and can only be done successfully if the efforts towards a common agenda for the benefit of humanity and the planet is resolved.


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