Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed wins the global citizen World Leader Award 2019

According to the Global Citizen Forum, We’re thrilled to announce Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed received the World Leader Award at Global Citizen Prize 2019 for advocating and implementing policy changes that have improved the lives of those living in extreme poverty.

Global Citizen has honored Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, with the World Leader Prize at the inaugural Global Citizen Prize award ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 

The ceremony will be broadcast around the world later in December, and you can find out how to tune-in and watch wherever you are here.

The World Leader Prize celebrates “an individual in the political or advocacy space who has advocated for and implemented policy changes that have improved the lives of those suffering the effects of poverty”. 

As Mohammed took to the stage on Friday night, the whole of the Royal Albert Hall stood to applaud her and her incredible work around the world, before she addressed the crowd.

“The only purpose of power is to serve with the courage of one’s conviction that all people in the world have rights that must be respected,” she said, during her truly moving speech. 

“Today, our world is facing many crises: climate change, inequality, injustice, conflict. And yet, we have never had so much in our hands to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place,” she continued. “Leaders at all levels, in all constituencies, be it business, civil society, government, you name it, have to embrace the new era of change and deliver for people.

Mohammed is a self-made woman who paved her own way to leadership. The daughter of a veterinarian father and a nurse mother, Mohammed raised money from her community in Nigeria to study hospitality in Italy. 

When she returned to Nigeria she worked in architecture for years, before leaving the private sector. 

She then went on to work for three Nigerian presidents and presided over a 5% national reduction in HIV infections and a 32% reduction in maternal mortality. As Nigeria’s Minister of Environment from 2015 to 2016, she steered the country’s climate action efforts, working to protect the environment and conserve resources for sustainable development. 

Prior to this, when Mohammed took the role of special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in 2012, she took up an absolutely integral role in the creation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Culled from the Facebook page of the Global Citizen

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