UNITED NATIONS New
York (Xinhua) -- Nigeria’s
former Minister for Environment, Amina Mohammed, was officially
sworn in as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations on
In a welcoming speech, UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres said that he was extremely happy and proud that
she had accepted to serve with him.
Mohammed spoke to the press Tuesday morning that she would
focus primarily on helping the secretary-general to reposition
sustainable development at the heart of the United Nations.
In her first engagement, Mohammed declared open the 2017
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Segment on Operational
Activities for Development.
Mohammed resigned from Nigerian Federal Executive Council on
Feb. 24. Previously, She was a key player in the Post-2015
development process, serving as a special adviser to UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on post-2015 development planning.
Mohammed became only the second African woman to be appointed
to the role of deputy secretary-general of the UN.
The first one was Tanzania’s Asha-Rose Migiro who served in
the role between 2007-2012 under Ban Ki-moon.
Amina J. Mohammed is Deputy Secretary-General of United