Press Release

Visit of the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN to India

03 July 2023

The Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of the United Nations H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is paying an official visit to India from 3-5 July 2023.


Caption: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed


This is her first visit to India since her reappointment as the UN Deputy Secretary General for a second five-year term in January 2022.

​During her visit, DSG will have meetings with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Shri Bhupender Yadav, MoS for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Shri Suman Bery, and India’s G20 Sherpa, Shri Amitabh Kant.

​DSG will also be travelling to Bengaluru where she will be interacting with experts from premier information and technology research institutions and industry representatives to discuss India’s achievements in the digital technology domain that could be replicated in the Global South for addressing developmental challenges.

​​DSG’s visit to India will be an opportunity to exchange views on India’s ongoing G20 Presidency and its achievements in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ahead of the SDG Summit in September this year, and issues related to Climate Action in context of developmental priorities. The visit is a reflection of India’s abiding commitment to multilateralism, including through its contribution to the UN and its ongoing G20 Presidency, in addressing global challenges meaningfully.



Darrin Farrant

Darrin Farrant

Director, United Nations Information Centre for India & Bhutan
Mr. Farrant has 32 years of experience in communications, including 20 years with the United Nations. From 2012 to 2022, he was Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. Later he served temporarily as the Acting Chief of Office in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, DGC.

Mr. Farrant’s other UN assignments include being a speechwriter in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, an editor with the UN News Centre and the head of communications for the Secretary-General’s panel on the referenda that led to the independence of South Sudan.

In addition, he has extensive experience in crisis communications, campaign development and strategic planning and coordination.

Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Farrant was a journalist, reporter and editor for news outlets in Australia and the United Kingdom, including The Age of Melbourne and The Times of London.

Mr. Farrant holds bachelor’s degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne.

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