2000/18    Expression of appreciation to Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, 1987-2000

 

The Executive Board

 

         Noting with sadness that Dr. Nafis Sadik will retire from her position as Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, effective 31 December 2000,

 

         Commending the visionary and courageous leadership of Dr. Sadik as Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund and acknowledging her central role in bringing population and development issues to the forefront of the international agenda, recognizing in particular her championing of reproductive health and rights, gender equity and equality, the empowerment of women and the needs of adolescents,

 

         Recognizing the vital role of Dr. Sadik as Secretary-General of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994, and in particular her determination and dynamism in facilitating the forging of a consensus among 179 States on the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, and recognizing also her key role in the ICPD+5 review and appraisal process and her commitment to the coordinated follow-up to the recent United Nations global conferences,

 

          Acknowledging her deep dedication to assisting countries around the world in implementing the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, with particular attention to national priorities and particularities,

 

          Also acknowledging her unrelenting commitment to advocating on behalf of and giving voice to the many voiceless women around the world, inter alia, through promoting and enhancing their reproductive health and well-being,

 

          Recognizing her leadership role in forging strategic partnerships with the private sector and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, private foundations and other stakeholders and actors in the field of population and development,

 

          Also recognizing her tireless efforts and strong commitment to the United Nations reform process and her dynamic and active participation in the Executive Committee of the United Nations Development Group,

 

1.        Expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Nafis Sadik for her effective management and distinguished leadership of the United Nations Population Fund from 1987 to 2000, for her accomplishments and for her deep commitment to population and development;

 

2.        Extends its best wishes to Dr. Nafis Sadik for a long and happy life and for continued success in all her future undertakings.

 

26 September 2000