Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed will continue in her role as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, made the assertion on Monday to formalise his prior announcement that the former Minister of the Environment would continue in her role during his second term.
In delegating development coordination to the Deputy Secretary-General, the UN scribe set in motion the most ambitious reform in the history of the organisation’s development system.
“Ms. Mohammed’s leadership helped advance the conceptual shift from the United Nations that member states called for in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals,” the UN said in a statement. “Over the last five years, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group was strengthened to enhance global leadership and oversight for development and the United Nations established a strengthened United Nations Resident Coordinator system as the foundation of a more effective development system.”
It added, “The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for the Deputy Secretary-General’s leadership of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group and her determination to reinforce collective results and maximise the impact of the United Nations development’s system on the ground.
“From our robust response to the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, through a boost in climate action and unprecedented momentum for financing for development, to her strong emphasis on coherence across humanitarian, political and development action, her role was instrumental in keeping the Sustainable Development Goals alive at the country level and protecting the Paris Agreement on climate change, despite significant headwinds.”
Prior to first assuming her role as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2017, Mohammed was Nigeria’s Minister for Environment since November 2015, as well as Special Adviser to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post‑2015 Development Planning.
Before joining the UN, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues bordering on poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating poverty reduction interventions.