On 3 October 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Dr. Natalia Kanem Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. She brings to the position more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy. 
“The UNFPA mandate has never been more relevant,” Dr. Kanem said. She is the fifth Executive Director of UNFPA since the Fund became operational in 1969.
Dr. Natalia Kanem

Executive Director

Dr. Natalia Kanem

UNFPA is calling for a decisive, coordinated set of actions to achieve bodily autonomy, reproductive rights and gender equality well in time for 2030. Yes, it is ambitious. But together we can achieve it.

Dr. Natalie Kanem

Executive Director of UNFPA


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