Amina J. Mohammed

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Amina J. Mohammed
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5th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Assumed office
28 February 2017[1]
Secretary-General António Guterres
Preceded by Jan Eliasson
Minister of Environment
In office
11 November 2015 – 15 December 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari
Preceded by Lawrencia Laraba-Mallam
Succeeded by Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Minister of State)
Personal details
Born (1961-06-27) 27 June 1961 (age 57)
Gombe State, Nigeria
Political party All Progressives Congress

Amina Jane Mohammed[2] (born 27 June 1961) is the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of Environment of Nigeria.[3]

Early life and education

Amina Mohammed was born in Gombe State, north-eastern Nigeria, in 1961[4] to a Nigerian veterinarian-herdsman and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters.[5]

Mohamed attended a primary school by Lake Chad and Buchan School in the UK.[6] She further attended Henley Management College in 1989.[7] After she finished her studies in Italy, her father demanded she return to Nigeria.[8]

Career

Between 1981 and 1991, Mohamed worked with Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn United Kingdom.[9] In 1991, she founded Afri-Projects Consortium, and from 1991 to 2001 she was its Executive Director.[10]

From 2002 until 2005, Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.[11]

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.[12]

Mohammed later became the Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and as an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University. During that time, she served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for 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]

From 2012, Mohammed was 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.[14][15] 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.[16] From 2014, she also served on the Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.[17]

Minister of the Environment, 2015-2016

Mohammed served as Federal Minister of Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to December 2016.[18] During that time, she was Nigeria's representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Kagame.[19] She resigned from the Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017.[20]

In 2017, Mohammed was accused of participation in a Chinese scam to illegally import endangered Nigerian rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.[21][22][23] The Nigerian government has denied the claims.[24]

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

In January 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced his intention to appoint Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.[25]

Other activities

Recognition

References

  1. ^ "Nigeria's Amina Mohammed swears in as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations". New China TV via YouTube. 2017-02-28.
  2. ^ "UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - Participants" (PDF). United Nations. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  3. ^ Oak TV. "Amina J. Mohammed resumes at the Federal Ministry of Environment as Minister". oak.tv. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Sustainable Development Solutions Network | Amina Mohammed". unsdsn.org. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ Mark Seddon (May 26, 2017). "'Why is she here?': the Nigerian herder's daughter who became UN deputy chief". United Kingdom: The Guardian. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Hester Lacey (December 7, 2017), Amina J Mohammed on Nigeria, leadership and the UN Financial Times.
  7. ^ Federal Ministry of Environment Federal Government of Nigeria.
  8. ^ Mark Seddon (May 26, 2017). "'Why is she here?': the Nigerian herder's daughter who became UN deputy chief". United Kingdom: The Guardian. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Nigeria: MDGs and Amina Az-Zubair's Footprint 24-November-2011". Allafrica.com. 2011-11-24.
  10. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning United Nations, press release of June 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning United Nations, press release of June 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning United Nations, press release of June 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning United Nations, press release of June 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning United Nations, press release of June 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Kaye Wiggins (June 2, 2015), UN sets sights on sustainable development goals Financial Times.
  16. ^ ProsperCSIS (23 July 2014). "Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning".
  17. ^ Independent Expert Advisory Group Members The UN Secretary General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
  18. ^ Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General United Nations.
  19. ^ AU Reforms Advisory Committee African Union.
  20. ^ Oak Tv. "Amina J. Mohammed's emotional speech as she steps down as Nigeria's Environment Minister". oak.tv. Oak TV. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  21. ^ "U.N.'s No. 2, Amina Mohammad, accused in Chinese scam". Japan Times. November 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "UN's number two accused in Chinese scam to import Nigerian rosewood". November 9, 2017.
  23. ^ "New Allegations Challenge the Environment Record of Top U.N. Official". November 9, 2017.
  24. ^ "Rosewood Export: UN's Amina Mohammed did no wrong, Nigerian govt says". November 12, 2017.
  25. ^ Secretary-General Announces Intention to Appoint Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria Deputy Secretary-General United Nations, press release of January 3, 2017.
  26. ^ Board of Directors Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.
  27. ^ Amina Mohammed to Receive Ford Family Notre Dame Award University of Notre Dame, press release of November 4, 2015.
  28. ^ Shelbie Bostedt (November 13, 2017), Diplomat of the Year Honoree Amina J. Mohammed Discusses Future of United Nations Foreign Policy.
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
Sweden Jan Eliasson
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
2017–present
Incumbent

External links

  • "House of Reps grill Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed - OAK TV". oak.tv. Oak TV. Oak TV. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  • "The President has promised to support us to make real difference - Amina Mohammed". oak.tv. Oak TV. Oak TV. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  • Oak TV. "Outgoing Minister of Environment, Amina J Mohammed gets emotional at FEC valedictory session - OAK TV". oak.tv. Oak TV. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  • Oak TV. "Amina J. Mohammed: 'We thought we could intimidate her' - Minister - OAK TV". oak.tv. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
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