ADL Congratulates Antonio Guterres on Election as Next U.N. Secretary General

New York, NY, October 13, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today congratulated Antonio Guterres on his election as the next Secretary General of the United Nations.

In a letter to the former Portuguese Prime Minister and head of the U.N. refugee agency, Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair, and Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO wrote, “We have no doubt that your long record of public service in both national and international positions has made you uniquely qualified for leading the United Nations. As you enter office this coming January, you will confront a world with deep divisions, ongoing conflict and suffering, and international actions which damage and undermine Earth’s vitality. We wish you Godspeed as you tackle these challenges, and look forward to working with you to support the United Nations in its efforts to promote global justice and peace.”

Mr. Nathan and Mr. Greenblatt noted that for the Jewish community, the U.N. has long been a source of mixed feelings for the Jewish community.

“We of course share a commitment to the goals and values espoused in the United Nations Charter,” the ADL leaders wrote. “We also recognized the pivotal role the U.N. played in the creation of the State of Israel. At the same time, there is deep concern regarding what is believed to be the U.N.’s continuing excessive and one-sided focus on Israel.”

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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