Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has been officially announced as UN Deputy Secretary-General by the new UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.
Guterres also announced two new high-profile appointments of Ms. Maria Viotti of Brazil as the new UN Chef De Cabinet, and Ms. Kyung-Wha Kang of the Republic of Korea to a newly created position of Special Advisor on Policy.
The UN Secretary-General made the announcement on Thursday, through the spokesman of the Secretary-General, Mr. Stephane Dujarric.
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In the announcement, Guterres said:
“I am happy to count on the efforts of these three highly competent women, whom I have chosen for their strong backgrounds in global affairs, development, diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian action.
“These appointments are the foundations of my team, which I will continue to build, respecting my pledges on gender parity and geographical diversity.”
After taking his oath of office on Monday, Guterres promised that gender parity from top to bottom in the UN would be top of his agenda as the UN scribe, and it will have to be respected by all.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the appointment of Mrs. Amina Mohammed’s appointment as the new UN Deputy Secretary-General.
President Buhari who endorsed the excellent selection said Nigeria has been honored by her appointment. He also thanked Mrs. Mohammed for her untiring contribution to transforming Nigeria, adding that he looks forward to a sustained collaboration between the UN and Nigeria.
He said he had no doubt that she will continue to make Nigeria proud at the global level. It is expected that the Minister of Environment will be transitioning to her new role in March 2017.
Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s current Minister of Environment, served as UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.
She was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
Before joining the UN, Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals.
She provided advice on issues including poverty, public sector reforms, sustainable development, and coordinating poverty reduction interventions.
She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General’s high-level panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Others include the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development and the Global Development Programme of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Born in 1961, and educated in Nigeria and the UK, Mohammed is married and has six children.