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Guterres appoints Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed as UN Deputy S-G, 2 Other Women into Top Positions

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Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

It’s a bittersweet news for Nigeria as Environment minister, Amina Mohammed will be exiting her position in the ministry following her appointment by incoming UN Secretary-General António Guterres, as his Deputy Secretary-General.

The announcement was made through spokesman of the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric.

Guterres also announced the duo of Maria Viotti of Brazil and Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea into high-profile positions at the UN.

Maria Viotti

Maria Viotti

“I am pleased to announce that I will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as my Deputy Secretary-General, and Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as my Chef De Cabinet.

I also intend to create the position of Special Advisor on Policy, and to appoint 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.

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

Kyung Wha-Kang

Kyung-wha Kang

Mohammed 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 Development Goals.

She provided advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and 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 Program 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 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 December 31, 2016 after a decade of two terms, while the new secretary-general assumes office on January 1, 2017, for the next five years.

19 Comments

  1. Engr. Ahmad Mamman

    December 16, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Congratulations, a well deserved appointment. Wish you a successful tenure. We are already eyeing the top position.

  2. mie

    December 16, 2016 at 1:48 am

    🙁 not like the present state or govt of the country is offering a better option sef…

    🙂 Good for her! Congrats jare. Go Amina!

  3. Big Tee

    December 16, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Question is ….what did she achieve in her ministerial role? Anyway, good riddance Mama Taraba

    • EE

      December 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Mama Taraba is a different person, later when they say black people look alike, people will start complaining.

    • Big Tee

      December 16, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Ouch… they really look alike….

  4. tunmi

    December 16, 2016 at 4:45 am

    What a resume!! You would most definitely include something about her being married with kids (as though it was necessary). Thank you for moving it to the latter half of this report tho

    • john

      December 16, 2016 at 7:31 am

      @tumni u feminists are so miserable. ..so in ur view ,being married and having kids is now a bad thing..it is not her fault, your still single and childless..live your own life

    • tunmi

      December 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      No it is not a bad thing. It was unnecessary in the article. There are very few articles where a man’s resume has been listed like this where they insert details about his marriage status or how many children he has. It’s not done because it snot important for a man. But for a woman, it gets done. I realize that. So I thank BN for not including it in the first half of the article. That was the best they could do. They separated her career achievements from her marital status.

      Single and childfree (childfree is not wanting children and childless is wanting but not having them)

  5. Middle Aged Profnl

    December 16, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Big Tee, if you do not know about the impact the current minister of environment has had in that ministry, why don’t you just keep quiet? She is one of the best minds in the current Govt. Nigeria has lost out to the rest of the world with her appointment. A very focused, determined and intelligent mind.. She had commenced implementation of the Ogoni clean up, was committed to a workable framework for eliminating gas flaring……… I can go on. You and the likes of you is the reason intelligent Nigerians shun opportunities to serve. Your “good riddance” statement is in very bad taste, especially as it reflects your ignorance.

    • Tosin

      December 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

      The little I know, she’s ALREADY done her work. When you know the job, you get it done in week one. So yeah, the Big Tee person’s just confusing her with someone else I guess.

    • Big Tee

      December 16, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thanks…..

  6. Ebi

    December 16, 2016 at 6:51 am

    @Big Tee, she is actually one of the BEST minister in this administration. Go check her record and she has been working. She started the Ogoni clean up and so many other things she has done. Instead if coming on line to bash people, read so you are enlightened. Buhari may be bad but this woman was one of the good things he did. Be guided by your utterances

    • Big Tee

      December 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thank you ….. Mr or Mrs Enlightened….you too be guided by your utterances…..

  7. Babe

    December 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Wow, this is a big loss to Nigeria and again to the rest of the world.
    Probably the only minister that was worth the six months wait. Hopefully, whoever baba appoints to take over her position continues with the real plans she started
    Congratulations on your new appointment and best of luck.

  8. Ene

    December 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

    This is not Mama Taraba!

  9. Big Tee

    December 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Honest mistake…… I really thought it was Mama Taraba who was compensated with a ministerial role…… but please insult me…. makes you look better…

  10. Roma

    December 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Well deserved appointment! Some steps backwards for Nigeria though.

  11. NG

    December 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    A big one there. Congratulations to Madam Minister.

    Working in the UN should not preclude help with your competencies to Nigeria. A think-tank of capable minds is a necessity for any government/president and Nigeria especially needs one.
    But will divisive politics enable our president tap into ALL available minds when he has nearly completely alienated a whole section of the country?

  12. Obi

    December 16, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Totally deserved appointment. She’s got a very strong profile . Young women in Nigeria should aspire to women like this and the rest that were appointed. Congratulations again Amina J Mohammed .

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