António Guterres, candidate for UN top job, calls for "surge in diplomacy for peace"

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General Assembly Seventieth session Informal Dialogues with Candidates for the Position of Secretary-General: Mr. António Guterres. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A former Prime Minister of Portugal who also served a decade as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the world needs "a surge in diplomacy for peace."

António Guterres was outlining his vision for the United Nations to ambassadors meeting in New York on Tuesday.

Mr Guterres is among eight candidates vying to lead the global body after current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves office at the end of the year.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN has six official languages and Mr Guterres delivered a discourse in three of them: English, French and Spanish.

He spoke of how the root causes of conflict, poverty, inequality, human rights violations and even environmental destruction are increasingly interlinked.

For this reason, he attached "core importance" to the role of prevention.

"To tame climate change and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is also a key prevention tool to peace, security and human rights. But let's be clear: If there is something in which the international community is failing, it is in conflict prevention and resolution, and in safeguarding global security against terrorism. And that is why I believe we need a surge in diplomacy for peace."

Mr Guterres is among four men and four women who are seeking to be appointed the next UN Secretary-General.

Informal dialogues with the candidates are being held this week with the first three candidates appearing before Member States on Tuesday.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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