Guterres must know the world we live in today more globally and more intimately than many a former minister or executive.
Like the League of Nations before it, the UN is often dismissed as a powerless talking shop or a proxy for the great powers. It's much more than that.
The UN's Charter legally binds it to promote gender equality, but guess what: yes, it's a man again.
The UN has adopted a more transparent process to select its new Secretary General. But it does not go far enough.
Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.