18-28 July 2017
|On 18 July, Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, began a trip to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She was joined by the Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.
The trip, which is being carried out in conjunction with the African Union, seeks to raise awareness of the importance of women’s participation in peace and security processes, and of ensuring that women’s voices are heard in all aspects of society.
The three officials will travel to Abuja, where they will meet with the acting President and hear from women leaders and young women who have been affected by conflict.
On Friday, the Deputy Secretary-General will attend the funeral of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the former Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Deputy Secretary-General will briefly be back in New York to attend a Member States’ retreat over the weekend and will then rejoin the mission in the DRC. We will bring you more details on the DRC visit next week.
This trip is the first part of a two-part mission focused on women's meaningful participation in peace, security and development. A similar mission will cover two further countries later in the year. The DSG is expected to be back in New York on 28 July.