About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now
Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.
Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:
Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “UN Confirms Guterres for a Second Term as Secretary-General” – below is their description.
The United Nations General Assembly confirmed Antonio Guterres for a second term as secretary-general of the world body that’s coping with challenges including the deepening rift between the U.S. and China and the coronavirus pandemic that’s afflicting swaths of the developing world.
The action on Friday, taken by acclimation without a roll call vote, was expected after the Security Council gave its backing earlier this month to another five-year term for the 72-year-old former prime minister of Portugal.
“I am acutely aware of the immense responsibilities you are entrusting me with at such a critical moment in history,” Guterres said after the General Assembly action. “The pandemic has revealed our shared vulnerability, our interconnectedness and the absolute need for collective action.”
In addition to focusing on the pandemic, Guterres intends to use his second term to pursue his emphasis on combating climate change. In May, Guterres said that countries need to move beyond policies focused solely on economic growth, which he said has fueled inequality and environmental degradation.
Congratulating Guterres, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement that the appointment is a testament to the secretary-general’s “leadership in addressing the world’s growing challenges” from the pandemic and climate change to “mass hunger and migration, human rights abuses, and humanitarian crises.”
But some advocacy groups have said Guterres has shied away from criticizing powerful UN member states.
“He’s condemned the likes of Myanmar and Belarus,” Louis Charbonneau, UN director for Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “But China shouldn’t get a free pass in the form of ‘private diplomacy’ for its crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. Nor should Russia over its support for Syrian government atrocities.”
Guterres faced little opposition for re-election, although some critics said it was past time for the UN to name its first female secretary-general. Several other candidates submitted applications, but only Guterres was nominated by a UN member state as required.
Guterres took office in January 2017 just as Donald Trump became U.S. president and promised an “America First” foreign policy that threatened to put it in direct and immediate conflict with the UN. Yet as UN chief, Guterres initially found common cause with the Trump administration in efforts to scale back costly and ineffective peacekeeping missions. The relationship grew more tense as the U.S. criticized and then withdrew from UN bodies such as the Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.
In This Story: Belarus
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus and formerly known as Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.
5 Recent Items: Belarus
In This Story: China
7 Recent Items: China
In This Story: Climate Change
Climate Change is the name commonly given to the notion that the Earth is undergoing a changing climate as a result of human activity, including notable leaders, scientists and naturalists including Sir David Attenborough.
Climate change includes both the global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns.
2 Recent Items: Climate Change
In This Story: COVID-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.
5 Recent Items: COVID-19
In This Story: Donald Trump
Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.