UN Chief hails UN-US partnership as ‘essential pillar’

(VOVWORLD) -  UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the American people for their vibrant exercise of democracy in the US Presidential election last week in a statement released on Monday. 

Guterres said the partnership between the United States and the United Nations is an essential pillar of the international cooperation needed to address the dramatic challenges facing the world today.

The President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, noted in a tweet that Joe Biden had “a long history of supporting the UN”, adding that he looked forward to deepening UN-US ties and working together towards a safer and more prosperous world.

The head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, described the prospect of having the first ever woman as American vice president, as “a hugely uplifting moment” for women and girls the world over, especially for women of colour.  

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said that the global challenges of today call for a renewed commitment from the US for the common good that the pillars of science, education, and culture represent.         

Head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi said the agency looks forward to working with the new administration “on global and domestic refugee issues.”

Earlier in the day, the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the World Health Organization is looking forward to working with the new US administration “very closely.”

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