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Fletcher Announces Commencement Speaker

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will deliver the keynote address at our virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

The Fletcher School is delighted to announce that Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, will deliver The Fletcher School keynote remarks at our virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed assumed the post of U.N. Deputy Secretary-General in February 2017. Previously, she 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 U.N. 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 U.N., the Deputy Secretary-General worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Adviser 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. 
 
The Deputy Secretary-General is an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the U.N. Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.  She 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.
 
Recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and inducted into the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007, she is the recipient of many awards. In 2017, she delivered the 15th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture and received the Diplomat of the Year award from Foreign Policy Magazine.  In 2018, she was made Sarraounia chieftain of Niger, and in 2019 she was awarded the Global Citizen Prize World Leader Award. 
 
We look forward to Sunday, May 17, 2020 when we will hear the keynote remarks of Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, as well as those of our student, alumni, and faculty speakers.
 

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