The new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres of Portugal, took office on 1 January 2017. It is no wonder that one of Guterres’ predecessors described the role of Secretary-General as “the most impossible job in the world.”
He faces considerable headwinds. The context is of enduring, global challenges, from terrorism and climate change to forced migration and civil wars. The sheer scale and number of issues in the Secretary-General’s in-tray is daunting.
While the policy challenges multiply, US President Trump is seeking Congressional support to cut his country’s contributions to UN agencies and peacekeeping as part of a wider proposed 31% cut …read more