By: Alison Giffen
“During his candidacy for secretary-general, António Guterres promised he would implement long overdue reforms at the United Nations. He didn’t delay on delivering. In his first official remarks at UN Headquarters, he directed a clear message to UN personnel: “[We] need to recognize our shortcomings, to recognize our failures and where we are not able to deliver as we should.”
Since then, Guterres has introduced ambitious reform initiatives that have raised expectations among member states. In 2018, Guterres will need to focus on prioritizing reform objectives, forging strong partnerships with influential member states, and leveraging the political environment, including downward pressure on the UN’s budget, to his advantage.