UN: Nigerian minister wins 2016 Woman of Distinction award

New York, US (PANA) - The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), one of the three women’s committees of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) that advocates for women’s rights and gender equality, has given the 2016 NGO CSW Forum Woman of Distinction Award to Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed.

A statement obtained by PANA at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, said that the Women of Distinction Award, which is an annual award, is given to a woman in recognition of her leadership in the struggle for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It noted that Mrs. Mohammed is a leading activist from a developing country who addresses the theme of the CSW, and makes a difference to women in her home country.

It recalled that the honouree was appointed Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 7 June 2012, and she had brought more than 30 years of experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.

The statement said Mrs. Mohammed was appointed Nigeria's Minister of Environment by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on 11 November 2015.

She is also currently the CEO/Founder of the Centre for Development Policy Solutions, a newly established think tank to address the policy and knowledge gaps within the government, parliament and private sector in development and civil society for robust advocacy materials.

Mrs. Mohammed is also Adjunct Professor of the Master’s Programme for Development Practice at Columbia University, New York.

Prior to that, she served as the Senior Special Assistant to former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after serving three former Nigerian presidents in various capacities in six years.

In 2005 she was charged with the coordination of the debt relief funds (US$1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of MDGs in Nigeria.

Her mandate included designing a Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring, as well as providing advice on pertinent issues regarding poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development.

From 2002-2005, Mrs. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project, and prior to this, she served as founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of engineers and quantity surveyors (1991-2001) and worked with the architectural engineering firm of Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn UK (1981-1991).

She also serves on numerous international advisory panels and boards, including the Global Development Programme of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel, the Hewlett Foundation on Education, African Women’s Millennium Initiative, the ActionAid International "Right to Education Project", the Millennium Promise Initiative and the Institute of Scientific & Technical Information of China.

She is a Governor of the International Development Research Centre in Canada, and currently chairs the Advisory Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Monitoring Report on Education.

Mrs. Mohammed had received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY) helped plan the NGO Forums at the UN World Conferences in Mexico, Copenhagen, Nairobi, and Beijing.

NGO CSW/NY is a volunteer-based, non-profit NGO funded largely by individual contributions.
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