Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Thursday, October 13, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to António Guterres, Secretary-General Designate of the United Nations.

“I am very pleased that your long-standing experience and determined efforts to provide support and care for refugees around the world, to mobilize international assistance for the displaced have been highly evaluated. In the face of the migration crisis, your leadership will definitely help to bring the international community together for finding a united response to many critical problems of today,” the President wrote in her message of congratulations.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė
President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President underlined that the ongoing threat of terrorism, climate change, people in zones of conflict and forcibly displaced persons, children who are unable to go to school, women exposed to violence, and many other serious challenges required that the United Nations should stand strong in its efforts and moral leadership.

According to the President, the newly appointed UN Secretary-General will have the difficult but very important duty of encouraging – continuously and tirelessly – member states to seek compromises and convincing them that common solutions benefit us all. She wished António Guterres continued wisdom, strength and commitment in performing the important and responsible duties of his position.