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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14 April 2014

Conclusions of the 2014 Commission on Population and Development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the conclusions of the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development, which reaffirmed the groundbreaking and forward-looking Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
11 April 2014

UNFPA hosts Google Hangout on adolescents, young people at Commission on Population and Development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – On Friday 11 April, from 12pm until 1pm, UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, is hosting a “Google Hangout” on a vital – and yet too often neglected – area of action: adolescents and young people. more
09 April 2014

Mapping a Sustainable Development Agenda for the 21st Century

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty years ago in Cairo, the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) articulated a bold new vision that recognized the human rights of women and young people, including their reproductive health and rights, as cornerstones of sustainable development. This week, representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gather at the United Nations to celebrate the vision of Cairo, take stock of progress made, and lay the groundwork for the future development agenda. more
09 April 2014

Statement on the Philippines Supreme Court’s Decision on the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the decision by the Philippines Supreme Court to uphold the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, which allows women, especially the poor and marginalized, access to reproductive health information and services, including family planning and sexuality education. more
08 April 2014

The World Must Reach Those Left Behind

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The 2014 Session of the Commission on Population and Development opened on 7 April with calls to redouble efforts to promote development through strengthened reproductive health and human rights. more
07 April 2014

Opening of 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

"The ICPD Programme of Action changed forever how we perceive population and development. It moved population policies and programmes from a focus on numbers to a focus on individuals – women and men, girls and boys. And in so doing, it ensured that our collective goals included all people, particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable women and girls", said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his opening remarks to this historic session of the Commission on Population and Development. more
08 March 2014

The Way Forward for Gender Equality

"We all remember when the headlines, nearly half a century ago, warned of an imminent population explosion. Governments were scrambling to find the solution and their answer was to limit population growth, especially in the developing world. In 1994, we found what then seemed like an unlikely answer to dealing with changing population dynamics: women," write UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in this opinion piece on Al Jazeera. more
06 March 2014

International Women’s Day: Progress for Women and Girls is Progress for All

As we commemorate International Women’s Day and celebrate the many achievements of women and girls, we should also remember that for far too many, the ability to live a healthy, productive life free from violence, to fully enjoy their rights, remains an aspiration. So today is also a time to recommit ourselves to delivering once and for all on the promise of gender equality, women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights for all women and girls everywhere. more
11 February 2014

UNFPA and Pathfinder International Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality

On February 10th, leaders from Pathfinder International and UNFPA signed a memorandum renewing the organizations’ collaborative commitment to advance family planning and gender equality worldwide. Pathfinder President Purnima Mane and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin met at UNFPA headquarters in New York to sign the agreement at a critical juncture in time—as progress toward the Millennium Development Goals is being assessed, new global development goals are taking shape, and the world is reviewing where we stand 20 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development. more