UN chief hails Amina Mohammed for her re-appointment, as Dep Sec-Gen

Adeze Ojukwu

The reappointment of Dr Amina Mohammed for her reappointment, as the United Nations(UN) Deputy secretary-General, has continued to receive encomiums, with the head of the organization, Dr Antonio Guterres hailing her excellent service and commitment to global development.

‘Dr. Mohammed, will continue in her role for another five years,’ Dr Guterres,  formally announced on Monday, praising her effective leadership, so far in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and protecting the Paris Agreement for climate action.


‘Mohammed’s leadership is key to keeping the SDGs alive’ the UN chief said.

In a statement confirming the reappointment of the 60-year old international diplomat, the Spokesperson’s Office said that ‘in delegating the role of coordinating the UN’s development work to his deputy, António Guterres set in motion, with her at the helm, ‘the most ambitious reform in the history of the UN development system.’

‘Ms. Mohammed’s leadership helped advance the conceptual shift from the UN that Member States called for in adopting the SDGs and during last five years, the UN Sustainable Development Group was strengthened to enhance global leadership and development oversight.’

‘Furthermore, the UN has established a strengthened UN Resident Coordinator system, as the foundation of a more effective way of promoting sustainable development worldwide,’ the statement said.

The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Ms. Mohammed’s leadership of the Group, ‘and her determination to reinforce collective results and maximize the impact of the UN development’s system on the ground.’

The statement reads: ‘From the UN’s robust response to the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis; through a boost in climate action and unprecedented momentum for Financing for Development with her strong emphasis on coherence across humanitarian, political and development action, the deputy UN chief has been instrumental in keeping the SDGs alive at country level and protecting the Paris Agreement, despite significant headwinds.’

‘I am deeply humbled to serve a second term as UN Deputy Secretary-General alongside @antonioguterres.
I begin this new term as a proud Nigerian woman with renewed hope in human solidarity and determination to keep the promise of the #SDGs. We will leave no one behind,’ she tweeted.

Director, ECA, Sub-Regional Office for West Africa and a top economist, Ngone Diop expressed her delight, in a series of tweets.
‘Congratulations to our [email protected] Mohammed. Your strong results, impact oriented and very smart leadership combined with your humility inspires us all. Indeed a humble leader is an inspirational leader. We look up to you with strong commitment to achieving the UN promise.’

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2017, Ms. Mohammed served, as Minister of Environment for Nigeria and Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Before joining the UN, said the statement, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating poverty reduction interventions.

According to official sources, Dr. Mohammed was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1961 to a Hausa-Fulani Nigerian veterinarian-officer and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters.

She attended a primary school in Kaduna and Maiduguri, and Buchan School in Isle of Man. She further attended Henley Management College in 1989.
Between 1981 and 1991, Mohammed worked with Archcon Nigeria, an architectural design firm in association with Norman and Dawbarn United Kingdom. In 1991, she founded Afri-Projects Consortium, and from 1991 to 2001 she was its Executive Director.

‘From 2002 to 2005, she coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.’

‘Mohammed later acted as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of Nigeria’s debt relief funds toward the achievement of the MDGs. Her mandate included designing a Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring, as well as providing advice on pertinent issues regarding poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development.’

She also chaired the Advisory Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Monitoring Report on Education (GME).[13]
Her career, took a quantum leap, from 2012, when she became a key player in the Post-2015 Development Agenda process, serving as the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 development planning.

In this role, she acted as the link between the Secretary-General, his High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP), and the General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG), among other stakeholders.

From 2014, she also served on the Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

‘She served as the Minister of Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to February 2017 and Nigeria’s representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Kagame.’
Dr. Amina’s pedigree and indeed her latest reappointment, have confirmed the leadership capacities of women in national and global affairs.

Her success has also opened a vista of opportunities for women, who are aspiring for roles in executive positions.


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