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Welcome address and opening segment
Monday, 15 May 2017
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies
Opening of the Forum and introductory remarks by H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of ECOSOC Opening statements:

- H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly
- Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs

10:35 – 10:40 Video message from Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation
Biographies
Ms. Amina Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General
Ms. Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development.
Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions.

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.