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Amina Mohammed Sworn-In As UN Deputy Secretary General

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By Philips Sunday

New York, (AN24) – Former Nigerian Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed was on Tuesday, February 28, sworn-in as the Fifth United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, after administering the Oath, said: “I am very, very proud that you accepted to join our team.”

Amina Mohammed declared open the 2017 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Segment on Operational Activities for Development as her first engagement.

Mama Taraba as fondly called by her followers, said her responsibility at the UN will be to focus primarily on helping the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to reposition sustainable development as the heart of the organization.

The former Minister of Environment, who made the remarks at the UN Headquarters in New York at her first official press briefing, said while sustainable development was not an end in itself, it was the best way to achieve universal peace.

In her words, “The Secretary-General is committed to fast-track transformation. He has already outlined his underlying vision. His vision focuses on prevention over response.

“It lays greater emphasis on cross-pillar work to address the root causes of instability, vulnerability and conflict.

“He is determined to reposition sustainable and inclusive development at the heart of the UN. And he is committed to institutional capacity building across all  areas of our work.”

The UN Deputy Secretary-General said three broad principles – strengthening leadership, addressing the trust deficit and focusing on results at the country level where all of those in need are – would  underpin the work ahead.

“We will improve governance on system-wide issues that do not belong to any individual governing body.

“We will identify institutional incentives that can ensure collective guidance by Member States and  make the system more responsive to national priorities.”

Mohammed, however, noted that delivering effectively would  require a focus on building long-term resilience.

“We will need to bridge the gaps between humanitarian action, development and peace, anchored in human rights, and ensuring access to opportunity for all.

“Delivering effectively will also demand a serious rethinking of financing and operational arrangements. We need to create incentives for collaboration.

“And we need integrated approaches that respond to the complexity of the transformation that is necessary for peace, development and prosperity on a healthy planet.”

“We need also to build on what exists, while also being bold in challenging ourselves and introducing necessary changes,” the UN deputy chief said.

“Solutions from the past will not, alone, meet the challenges of the future,” Mohammed said.

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