Closing Segment
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
5:50 PM - 6:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies
  • Mr. Ameer Brown, Spoken Word Performance

  • People Action for the SDGs, SDG Action Campaign and Young Leaders for the SDGs

  • Statement

    Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Closing Statement

    H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the 74th session of the General Assembly

Biographies
H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande
President of the 74th session of the General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

President of the 74th session of the General Assembly

On June 4 2019, the United Nations General Assembly elected the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations as President of its upcoming 74th session.

Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has had an outstanding career as a scholar and diplomat. He received a B.Sc (Political Science) from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (1979); MA (Political Science), Boston University, USA (1981); and Ph.D (Political Science), University of Toronto, Canada (1987).

He started at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria, rising from Graduate Assistant in 1980 to full Professor in 1998, and ultimately to Vice-Chancellor, in 2004, a position he held for five years. As Vice Chancellor, with about twenty thousand (20,000) full-time students spread across various faculties, the University came first in the accreditation of academic programmes in Nigerian universities (2007).

Between 2000 and 2004, he served as the Director-General of Le Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche Administratives pour le Dèveloppement (CAFRAD), in Tangier, Morocco. Established by African Governments in 1964, CAFRAD is the continent’s premier intergovernmental Centre for governance reform. During his stewardship, the Organization improved on much needed training for senior African public servants, conducted specialized researches on African governance issues and worked with a variety of partners, particularly the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

From 2010 to 2016, Professor Muhammad-Bande held the position of Director-General of Nigeria’s National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, the country’s most reputable policy institution for training leaders from the public and private sectors, including high echelon officials of Nigeria’s Armed Forces. In that capacity, he inspired a marked improvement in the quality of the Institute’s programming and activities, and one of his signature initiatives in that regard was the establishment of the Political Parties Policy and Leadership Development Centre, the first of its kind in Africa.

As Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he worked with colleagues from all regions of the world to achieve common objectives. He served as the Vice-President of the General Assembly during the 71st session and remains active in several fora, including as Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34), Member, Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and Chair of the ECOWAS Group (2018-2019).

Professor Muhammad-Bande has also been an assessor for the National Merit Award (Nigeria) and for professorial positions in universities. He has won merit awards and honours from institutions and Governments, including the United States and China. Most notably, he is a recipient of Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), one of Nigeria’s highest national honours.

He is married with four children and his hobbies include swimming, soccer, field hockey, farming and music.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

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 served 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.

Ms. Mohammed began her 35-year career in the private sector with architects and engineers responsible for the project management of health, education and public sector buildings.

Statements
Statements
H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the 74th session of the General Assembly
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
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