Executive Leadership

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Executive Director
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

On 1 January 2011, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a physician and public health expert, became only the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Before this appointment, Dr. Osotimehin was Nigeria’s Minister of Health. Prior to that, he was Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, which coordinates HIV and AIDS work in a country of more than 160 million people.

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Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Deputy Executive Director
(Management)

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Kate Gilmore

Deputy Executive Director
(Programme)

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19 October 2014

UNFPA welcomes news of agreement on Chibok girls’ release

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes news of a ceasefire agreement that is expected to lead to the release of the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok—the Chibok Girls. These girls have languished in captivity long enough, and it is high time they are returned to their families, communities and schools. more
10 October 2014

UNFPA statement on the Nobel Peace Prize announcement

UNFPA warmly welcomes the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, which acknowledges Malala’s struggle to promote the rights of young girls, particularly to education. more
09 October 2014

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Today on the International Day of the Girl Child, I join every person around the world who believes that adolescent girls should live free of violence and discrimination. We are guided by the international human rights to which every human being is rightfully entitled. Every girl, no matter where she is born, should have a chance to reach her potential. more
01 October 2014

Executive Director's Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Older Persons

On this 24th International Day of Older Persons, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, joins the worldwide celebration of longevity and acknowledges the contributions that older persons make to their families, communities and societies. We celebrate the fact that more people are living longer and healthier lives. This is due to improvements in nutrition, sanitation, medical science, health care, education and economic well-being. more
29 September 2014

In one girl's stand against child marriage, a path forward for development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When I was age 16, my father wanted me to marry a 25-year-old man named Alhamza,” Nana told a room full of dignitaries and leaders at a high-level panel discussion on child marriage at the United Nations last week. Child marriage is a human rights violation, yet it is all too common. more
25 September 2014

Youth Envoy shines spotlight on young people’s development priorities

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The future of global development is high on the agenda as world leaders convene at the United Nations in New York for the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. Young people – their needs and their priorities – must be included in these plans, UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, said at a high-level event this morning. more
22 September 2014

Empowering girls key to Africa's success, leaders affirm

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “With significant investments in the education of young girls, sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents, as well as women’s empowerment in our counties, we will change the face of the Sahel,” President of Chad Idriss Déby said at the United Nations today, during a high-level panel on the potential of young people to drive economic growth in the Sahel region of Africa. Only by investing in the skills and rights of young people – particularly adolescent girls – can the region take advantage of a demographic dividend, a key opportunity to improve livelihoods and living standards, the leaders present said. more
22 September 2014

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the Follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development

Over the past 20 years, we have seen the rise of hundreds of millions out of poverty, gender parity in primary education, fewer women dying giving life and more women in the workforce. These advances show just how powerful development founded on dignity and human rights can be. But we still have a long way to go. more
22 September 2014

Human rights, dignity must form cornerstone of future sustainable development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “We cannot talk about sustainable development without addressing women’s empowerment, gender inequality, and discrimination and violence,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We cannot talk about sustainable development without ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all.” These remarks set the tone of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York. more