Dispatch

21 August 2014

UN Secretary-General reappoints Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as UNFPA Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS, New York The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has reappointed Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as the Executive Director of UNFPA. In his statement on the appointment, the Secretary-General noted his “appreciation for UNFPA’s progress in effective management for results, especially for the most disadvantaged women and adolescent girls”.

“It has been an honour to lead this extraordinary organization over the past four years, and I look forward to continuing our work together to improve the lives of women and adolescent girls and ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled,” Dr. Osotimehin said.

“Despite much progress in the 20 years since Cairo, we still have our work cut out for us. The ICPD review shows that persistent inequality, poverty and discrimination continue to threaten the well-being of individuals and societies and the enjoyment of human rights by all. Fortunately, we know what we need to do and where we need to do it, and with our sharpened strategic focus, dedicated and skilled staff, commitment to excellence and to results, UNFPA has never been more ready to address the challenges ahead.”

The reappointment is effective from 1 January 2015 through 31 December 2017.