Amina J. Mohammed, A Call for Ethical Uses of Technology


Amina J. Mohammed, A Call for Ethical Uses of Technology


On February 25, 2019, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed talked about the pace of technological change at the Mobile World Congress. She remarked that technology has led to improvements in fighting against climate hazards, improved health outcomes, and inclusive public services through digital identities powered by blockchain, among others. She also mentioned downsides to these trends, such as accelerating inequality due to losses of jobs, cyber attacks and cybercrimes, disformation, violation of privacy, and persecution of dissenting voices. She recommends that to use technology for the public good, there must be cooperation mechanisms involving multiple stakeholders, making technology inclusive, investing in science-related courses, and to reflect across disciplines.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and also Chair of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Group.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.

Ms. Amina Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012, as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. Mohammed led the developing planning process, which resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Amina Mohammed began her career in Nigeria, with her work focused on the design of Nigerian schools and clinics. She also served as an advocate, focused on increasing access to education and other social services to all students, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to three successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

Ms. Mohammed has been awarded several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on international development. Ms. Mohammad has received various global awards over the course of her professional endeavors, and has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. Based on her advocacy efforts and sustainable development involvement, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed’s call for ethical uses of technology was successfully heard and responded to.


Mobile World Congress


February 25, 2019




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Amina J. Mohammed, Technology, Privacy, Innovation, Access, Inequality, Public Good





Mobile World Congress, Amina J. Mohammed, A Call for Ethical Uses of Technology, Mobile World Congress, United Nations, February 25, 2019

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Mobile World Congress, “Amina J. Mohammed, A Call for Ethical Uses of Technology,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022,