During this pandemic, I had the honour of delivering a commencement speech. In preparing for my remarks, I thought about the future young people face today and how I felt at that age, full of energy and aspirations, ready to take on the world.

“Ready” is such a loaded word. These past 15 months have shaken up everyone on our planet. Very few communities or countries were prepared for everything that has come our way.

So how can this generation — coming of age in the middle of a pandemic, in a world facing gross inequalities, a climate crisis and…


With women leaders in Papua New Guinea. Credit: UN Photo.Andrew Hau

About this time last year, I was sitting cross-legged in a field of grass. I was listening to women share the ways they are changing the leadership landscape in Papua New Guinea.

As part of the Spotlight Initiative and to mark International Women’s Day, I had travelled with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Winnie Byanyima and the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, to the southwestern Pacific to stand in solidarity with women in this region. …


Day of the Girl — My voice, our equal future

Be fearless and always curious.

Dear 15-year-old self

It’s 2020 and the UN is celebrating the Day of the Girl.

Be fearless.

You are going to love secondary school.

Continue to be curious — as education will be the stepping-stone to your dreams.

Your dreams are on track — even if you don’t yet know all the opportunities and challenges in the wider world.


By United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

Marches for racial justice and equality are filling the streets of cities and towns around the world.

The most recent trigger for these protests was the killing of George Floyd in an appalling act of police brutality.

But the violence spans history and borders alike, across the globe.

Today, people are saying, loudly and movingly, “Enough”.

The United Nations has a duty to respond to the anguish that has been felt by so many for so long.

This cause is at the heart of our Organization’s identity.

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Introduction by Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

In 2020 it’s difficult to fathom that there are still women pioneers in centuries-old fields like banking and finance. That there are still ‘firsts’ when it comes to women joining corporate boards or leading companies — when it should be the norm that the world profits from women in leadership that has been mainstreamed.

In his recent speech on women and power, the United Nations Secretary-General and feminist-in-chief — Antonio Guterres, pointed out the world’s need for more women’s voices at the forefront in peace negotiations and trade talks and in boardrooms.

When…


Kenya and Uganda break ground to tackle climate change and conflict together with the United Nations

Introduction by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed

As much as this is a story about countries taking climate action for peace and development, it is also about how the United Nations works to support countries.

Resident Coordinators, the representatives of the Secretary-General in countries, lead UN country teams covering 162 countries and territories to support national priorities toward reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Country teams composed of different UN agencies have a mix of specialized knowledge and skills to support countries tackling different issues — from education…


A joint United Nations and African Union Solidarity Mission: Women, peace and security for development in the Horn of Africa

Sitting on the floor together is one of my favourite ways to learn things. People have a way of opening up over a cup of tea, seated on a cushion. I could be you and you could be me. This notion of inclusiveness and equality was a central theme throughout the Solidarity Mission that colleagues and I, from the United Nations, took with our counterparts from the African Union.

Together, we learned what peace, security and development means for women…


Individually and collectively we must take urgent climate action

On any given day, we humans make about 35 000 decisions — big and small.

Some of us are forced to decide whether to flee our war-torn country. Others are making decisions about how to access water, energy or thinking about work, school and home. On social media, we click on hearts and swipe through photos. Sometimes we choose to move and other times to stay put.

Today I’m asking: how many daily decisions do we consciously make for our planet — and consequently for each other?

On 23 September 2019…


5 Summits. 1 week. 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Introduction by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed

We all make choices about resources — what to buy, what to invest in and what to forgo. Now imagine making these decisions with the needs in mind of 100 million people or a billion people.

Political, finance and community leaders will gather at the United Nations for a special meeting to unlock ideas, resources and partnerships needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

When experts like Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Homi Kharas speak — people will listen. The former Minister of Finance…


5 Summits. 1 week. 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Introduction by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed

One of the benefits of the Sustainable Development Goals is that they work for everyone at any point in their lives, this includes Goal 3 — Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

When it comes to health equity Katja Iversen, the President and CEO of Women Deliver, is one of the most compelling voices in the world today. I could not think of a better person to share her thoughts on the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. …

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed

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