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The election of Antonio Guterres as the new secretary-general of the United Nations is good news for the international community.India, for example, with over 1 billion people, is not a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, neither are Brazil or Japan. Yet as major world economies rapidly approaching significant roles within the global economy, their lack of permanent membership of the world's most important political forum weakens the idea that the U.N. Security Council should be the body to ensure world peace and stability. The United Nations now has a secretary-general who can remind the U.N. Security Council, particularly its permanent members, of their responsibilities toward the wider world.The fact that Guterres was unanimously appointed by the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, and praised by the representatives of the United States and Russia, is a good omen. However, it will be in Syria that the success of U.N. action and its new secretary-general will be determined.
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