Incoming U.N. Chief appoints Nigeria’s Environment Minister as deputy

Incoming United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday appointed Nigeria’s Environment Minister Amina Mohammed as his deputy secretary-general and Brazilian diplomat Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti as chef de cabinet, a U.N. spokesman said.

Before her appointment as environment minister a year ago, Mohammed was outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning – a role that culminated last year with the adoption by the General Assembly of sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Guterres succeeds Ban on January 1, 2017.


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