people to stand with you too.”
History will judge SecretaryGeneral Ban well over his leadership and dedication to human rights on this issue. There will be no U-turning from his stance. It has been the more powerful because it was expressed in such language by a prudent, professional diplomat, whose background was as a diplomat from East Asia.
So, here are the essential requirements of the post:
Prudence, professionalism, and neutrality, when that is called for. Courage, principle, and inspiring words, when they are needed. Converting high ideals into strategic and practical action. Achieving peace and security, but never forgetting the great moral commitments of the United Nations, as expressed in Eleanor Roosevelt’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
These important qualities must now be remembered as the world pins its hopes on Antonio Guterres as he becomes the ninth person to take over the most difficult post in the world.