Amina Mohammed reappointed as UN Sec-Gen for second term


By Salim Yunusa

Amina Mohammed has been appointed to serve as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) for a second term.

UN secretary general António Guterres announced the appointment on Friday after he was also reappointed for a second term by the general assembly.

Speaking with journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, Guterres said he had extended an offer to the former Nigerian minister of environment, Mohammed to continue in office.

“After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept,” he said.

For Ms. Mohammed, it would be an “absolute honour” to continue in the position she’s occupied since 2017.

Their second term starts on January 1, 2022, and will run for a period of five years.

While Mr Guterres had succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations, Ms Mohammed served as the special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

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