Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was sworn into office at the United Nations on Tuesday, then emphasized the importance of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a speech that followed the ceremony.
Mohammed, the former Minister of Environment for Nigeria, was sworn in by UN Secretary General António Guterres. She has been completing work at the request of President Muhammadu Buhari before assuming the role, which led to a delay of two months before assuming her new duties.
The deputy’s speech referred often to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as she opened the 2017 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) segment on Operational Activities for Development.
“Success will require a bolder approach to financing and partnerships,” she said, urging member countries to reimagine and reinvent solutions to thorny finance and development problems.
Mohammed described three principles that will shape her mission, including a more integrated and strengthened UN leadership, improved trust and transparency, and renewed efforts to appreciate and respond to countries’ development priorities.
“Solutions from the past will not, alone, meet the challenges of the future,” she said.
Mohammed has worked extensively on the SDGs in the past, and the Millennium Development Goals prior to that. She has served under three of Nigeria’s presidents, including Buhari, and among other accomplishments was coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.