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Africa’s Amina Mohammed Sworn In As Deputy UN Secretary-General

Nigeria’s Ex Minister for Environment, Amina Mohammed, has been officially sworn in as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations at the headquarters in New York.

Nigeria's Amina Mohammed sworn in as Deputy UN Secretary-General

She took her oath of office from the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who appointed her as his deputy in December last year. She, however, returned to wrap up her work as Minister in Nigeria and hand over her portfolio.


Amina became only the second African woman to be appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary-General of the UN. The first being Tanzania’s Asha-Rose Migiro who served in the role between 2007 – 2012 under Ban Ki-moon.

The Nigeria and UK trained development expert, was acclaimed in Nigeria as one of President Buhari’s most vibrant and best-performing appointees – since she took office in 2015.

She served as UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to immediate past 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.


Written by How Africa

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