Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the appointment
of the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, as the new Deputy
Secretary-General of the United Nations, describing it as a welcome
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on
Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari expressed happiness that Mrs
Mohammed would join the next United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
as his Deputy.
The statement said the president spoke with the in-coming
Secretary- General, Guterres, who called earlier this evening to inform him
(President Buhari) of his decision to pick Mrs Mohammed as the Deputy
“President Buhari used the opportunity to reiterate his
support and congratulations to Mr. Antonio Guterres on his upcoming tenure in
According to the statement, the president endorses the
“excellent selection of Amina J. Mohammed as the next Deputy Secretary-General
of the United Nations.
“By her appointment, Nigeria has been honoured,” the
President was quoted as saying.
President Buhari thanked Mrs. Mohammed for her untiring
contribution to transform Nigeria and said he looked forward to sustained
collaboration between the UN and Nigeria.
He said he had no doubt that she would continue to make
Nigeria proud at the global level.
The statement added that: “It is expected that the Minister
of Environment will be transitioning to her new role in March 2017.
“In the meantime, it is expected that she will continue to
lay strong foundations with various important ongoing initiatives critical to
the government’s success in the Environment sector.
“These include, but not limited to, implementation of our
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement,
the successful launch of the Sovereign Green Bonds in 2017, the ongoing Ogoni
cleanup and development of the Great Green Wall.”
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Mohammed, the current Nigeria’s Minister of Environment,
served as UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to 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 the Millennium
She provided advice on issues, including poverty, public
sector reform and sustainable development, as well as coordinating poverty
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
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.
She is also a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Global
Sustainability Panel, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect
and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.
Born in 1961, and educated in Nigeria and the UK, Mohammed is
married and has six children.
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
“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
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.
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