Media Release 18th October 2016
Right to Life congratulates the General Assembly of the United Nations for appointing Antonio Guterres, on the 13 October, as the New Secretary General. His appointment gives cause for renewed hope that he will promote respect for the dignity of man and for marriage as being exclusively between one woman and one man. He is also opposed to the killing of the unborn child and upholds the inalienable right to life of every human being from conception. It is hoped that he will provide leadership to ensure United Nations agencies cease imposing pressure on nations to change their laws to decriminalise abortion. It is also hoped that he will challenge the ruling LGBTTQQIAAP agenda which is to promote the destruction of traditional gender identities.
A devout Catholic, he was born in Lisbon in 1949 and became an active member of the student branch of Catholic Action, while studying engineering in college. It is here that he developed a well informed conscience of a Catholic socialist and an intense desire for social justice. He is opposed to abortion, same sex marriage and gay rights. In 1995 he described homosexuality as “a mental disorder”. He is unwavering in his convictions and his duty to follow his conscience, regardless of the consequences.
As a former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres won the Security Council’s unanimous backing, which included New Zealand, to become the next UN secretary-general, winning plaudits for his strong leadership, but disappointing campaigners for a woman or East European to be the world’s top diplomat for the first time.
Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the assembly hearings showed that Guterres “was an outstanding candidate … who will take the United Nations to the next level in terms of leadership and will provide a moral authority at a time when the world is divided on issues, above all like Syria.”
New Zealand was one of the leading nations in establishing the United Nations in 1945 following the devastation of the Second World War. Right to Life hopes that under the leadership of Antonio Guterres the UN will provide strong leadership, in a world troubled by terrorism, war, poverty and inequality. With his appointment, we indeed hope we can now look forward to the United Nations fulfilling its purpose of promoting justice and achieving the noble aims set by it’s founders.
Right to Life.