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UN Deputy Secretary General in Juba

Ms. Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations shakes hands with the SRSG David Shearer upon arrival yesterday (photo credit: UNMISS):

By Jale Richard

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations arrived in Juba yesterday morning in a joint visit with the African Union to promote women’s participation in peace, security and development.

The African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop is also part of the delegation.

Shortly after her arrival, Ms. Amina Mohammed held bilateral talks with the Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, General Kuol Manyang Juuk. Details of the meeting are yet to emerge.

Ms. Amina was also due to visit a protection of civilians’ site, a hospital that treats victims of gender-based violence, and community resilience program in Juba.

Her engagements will also include meetings with women’s groups, religious leaders and civil society groups, among others.

Ms Amina is the top most UN official to visit the country after several others visited in the past year in unanimous efforts by the international community to see peace return to the country.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita visited the country in April this year, where she appealed to the south Sudanese leaders to give peace a chance.

Ms Amina will address journalists about her visit late this afternoon.

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.

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