UN Secretary-General Announces New UNFPA Executive Director

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Nigerian health minister Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin to head the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Women Deliver would like to congratulate and welcome Dr. Osotimehin, a strong and lifelong advocate for women's health and rights.

Dr. Osotimehin, a medical doctor who specialized in clinical pathology, served as Nigeria’s health minister from December 2008 to March 2010. He is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the African Spokesperson for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Prior to this, he was also Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS. In addition, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies.

Dr. Osotimehin succeeds Thoraya Ahmed Obaid of Saudi Arabia, an expert on women’s issues who supported the work of Women Deliver throughout her term. She has served as the fund’s executive director since 2001.

"Dr. Osotimehin’s qualifications and extensive experience position him well to lead the global agenda for population and development and to promote the right to sexual and reproductive health," said Ms. Obaid. "We will work closely with him to ensure a successful transition."

Dr. Osotimehin, who will assume office on 1 January, will become the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA since it became operational in 1969.

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