The immediate past Minister of Environment, Ms Amina Mohammed, has been sworn-in as the fifth Deputy Secretary-General of the UN at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres administered the oath of office to Mohammed.

The Deputy UN chief, after her swearing-in, immediately swung into action by declaring open the 2017 Economic and Social Council Segment on Operational Activities for Development.

Her speech at the ECOSOC event was her first official engagement, followed by a brief press encounter with the UN Correspondents. Mohammed, who was appointed by Guterres on December 15, 2016, as his deputy, was supposed to have assumed office on January 1, 2017.

8 Facts about Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed was born in Gombe State, North Eastern part of Nigeria in 1961.Her mother is British, while her father is a Nigerian. She was educated in Kaduna State. She has six children.

Amina Mohammed was a key player in the Post-2015 development process, serving as the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Post-2015 development planning.

Mohammed served as 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.

Previously, she acted as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three presidents over a period of six years.

In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of Nigeria’s debt relief funds toward the achievement of the MDGs.

From 2002-2005, Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.

Amina Mohammed was Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of engineers and quantity surveyors.

Amina Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.