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New UN SG, appoints Nigerian as Deputy SG, others

Nigeria's Environment Minister,  Amina  J. Mohamed
Nigeria's Environment Minister, Amina J. Mohamed

UNITED NATIONS-The Incoming UN chief, Antonio Guterres, has appointed Nigeria's Environment Minister,  Amina  J. Mohamed as his Deputy Secretary-General.

Madam Mohamed appointment on Thursday December 15, 2016, came amid a push by more than a third of the 193 of the UN member states for gender parity at the world body.

Amina Mohammed, the Environment before her appointed to the UN body, 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.

Also appointed was Brazilian Diplomat Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, as Chef De Cabinet and Kyung-wha Kang of South Korea to a newly created position as Special Adviser on Policy.

The new UN Boss, will take over from current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1, 2018 and sworn as the ninth male U.N. Chief and pledged to reach gender parity among senior leadership within his five-year term.

"These appointments are the foundations of my team, which I will continue to build, respecting my pledges on gender parity and geographical diversity," Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister, said in a statement.

"I am happy to count on the efforts of these three highly competent women, whom I have chosen for their strong backgrounds in global affairs, development, diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian action," Guterres said.

Guterres defeated 12 other candidates, seven of whom were women, as the next secretary-general amid a strong push by some U.N. states as well as civil society groups for a female to be elected.

The 66-member U.N. Group of Friends for Woman Secretary-General — led by Colombia — has renamed itself the Group of Friends for Gender Parity and hopes to build on the momentum created during the election campaign.

The group on Tuesday, December 12, 2016 launched an exhibition at the United Nations celebrating leading women throughout the history of the 71-year-old organization.

"The initial target for the equal representation of women and men among U.N. staff was the year 2000. Sixteen years later, we are far from that goal," Guterres told the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, December 11, 2016 after taking the oath of office.


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