Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed named UN Deputy Secretary-General

Dec 16, 2016 09:03 IST

Incoming United Nations (UN) Chief Antonio Guterres on 15 December 2016 appointed Nigeria's Environment Minister Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary-General.

Guterres was recently sworn in as the ninth male UN Chief. He pledged to reach gender parity among senior leadership within his five-year term. He will take over from current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017.

Also, Guterres appointed Brazilian diplomat Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti as Chef de Cabinet and South Korea’s Kyung-wha Kang as Special Adviser on Policy.

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About Amina Mohammed

  • On 11 November 2015, Amina Mohammed was appointed as the Minister of Environment of Nigeria.
  • Previously, she served as Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions.
  • She also served as an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University.
  • Born in 1961, she was the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She was appointed to the position on 7 June 2012.

About Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations is the deputy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • The office was created to handle many of the administrative responsibilities of the Secretary-General.
  • The person appointed to the post also helps manage Secretariat operations and ensure coherence of activities and programmes.
  • The post was formally established by the General Assembly at the end of 1997.
  • Sweden’s Jan Eliasson was named as Deputy Secretary-General by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 2 March 2012.

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