Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed Reappointed As UN Deputy Secretary-General

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, speaks during a visit to the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja on November 17, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @NGFSecretariat.

 

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.

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“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.

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed Appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General

Nigeria's Amina Mohammed Appointed UN Deputy Secretary-GeneralThe United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres on Thursday announced that he will be appointing Amina Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is currently the Minister of Environment of Nigeria, where she steers the country’s efforts to protect the natural environment and conserve resources for sustainable development, read a statement issued by Mr. Guterres’s office.

She also served as Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at New York’s Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels.

Born in 1961, and educated in Nigeria and the UK, Ms. Mohammed is married with six children.

The Secretary-General-designate also announced the appointment of Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as his Chef de Cabinet and that he will create the position of Special Advisor on Policy, and appointed Ms. Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea to this new role.

“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,” said Secretary-General-designate Guterres, in the statement.

He added: “These appointments are the foundations of my team, which I will continue to build, respecting my pledges on gender parity and geographical diversity.”

Ms. Ribeiro Viotti is presently the Under-Secretary for Asia and the Pacific at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A career diplomat since 1976, she served most recently as Brazil’s Ambassador of to Germany (from 2013 to 2016) and as Brazil’s Permanent Representative to the UN (from 2007 to 2011).

Ms. Kang is currently the Chief of the Secretary-General-designate’s Transition Team. She has served as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator since April 2013, and was Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights from January 2007 to March 2013.

Guterres had hinted on Monday after he took the oath of office that gender parity would be top of his agenda as the UN scribe.

“I think that one very important element of the agenda would be to give a clear signal that gender parity is a must and so in the appointments I will be making.

“And the first ones would be announced soon. You’ll see that gender parity will become a clear priority from top to bottom in the UN and it will have to be respected by all.

“This is a very ambitious agenda, an agenda that must be for both woman and man, and that is why parity is so important in our reform perspectives.

“That is also why the empowerment of women is so important in everything the UN will be doing around the world,” the incoming UN scribe said.

Guterres, succeeds outgoing secretary-general Ban, who bows out on Dec. 31, 2016 after a decade of two terms, while the new secretary-general assumes office on Jan. 1, 2017, for the next five years.

House Of Reps Tasks UN On Post 2015 Development Agenda

Aminu-TambuwalThe speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the United Nations to assist Nigeria in filling the resources gap required to achieve the post 2015 development agenda for the nation and the continent.

Mr Tambuwal made the appeal during a meeting on Thursday with the UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The lawmaker said that a combination of significant resources and financial development by most African countries, Nigeria inclusive, would hardly suffice for the kind of development required in the coming years.

“On 2015 elections, I would like to assure you and your delegation that the National Assembly is doing everything possible to achieve violence free and fair elections in Nigeria through amendment of the electoral laws,” Mr Tambuwal told Eliasson.

While commending the UN for its support to the Nigerian economy and Africa as a critical part of the African Union 2063 Strategy, Tambuwal, pointed out that the Nigerian parliament had played major roles in ensuring pro-poor policies that form the core focus of its activities.

Jan Eliasson reiterated the UN’s commitment to Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and insurgency experience in the north east, pledging that the UN will render necessary assistance to end insurgency in Nigeria’s north east.