24 October 2001

Thank you for the kind introduction. It is so nice to be here with all of you today and to have the opportunity to get to know each other better. I will keep my remarks brief so we can have time for discussion.

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2 October 2001

This is a very difficult time for all of us who care about development and the values that lie behind it. We have seen such sudden, terrible violence that it fills our minds and hearts, and everything has to relate... Read more

13 September 2001

In remarks to the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director

We convene our last... Read more

11 July 2001

Billions of ordinary people share the same aspirations: a secure life, a place to live, economic opportunity for themselves, education and health care for their children. Modest goals—yet half the world go their... Read more

16 May 2001

Mr President,

Since this is my first address to a United Nations conference at the global level, perhaps I may be allowed to introduce myself. I am Thoraya Ahmed Obaid of Saudi Arabia, and the Secretary-... Read more

3 May 2001

I am very happy to join all of you here today. Meeting reproductive health supply needs is a key element of the global effort to improve people’s lives by protecting their reproductive and sexual health. Given the... Read more

27 April 2001

President Obasanjo; Mr. Chairman; Excellencies, Heads of State and Government; distinguished delegates; ladies and gentlemen:

It is an honour for me to address a conference of the OAU, for the first time... Read more

5 April 2001

The United Nations Population Fund joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, and is devoted this year to Mental Health. The Day’s slogan, "Stop exclusion, Dare... Read more

13 March 2001

Thank you for inviting me to present myself as the new Executive Director of UNFPA through the Stopes Memorial Lecture. It is a great opportunity to be among such a distinguished audience and I look forward to a... Read more

8 March 2001

Around the world, wars between and within nations continue to wreak havoc on the lives of millions of civilians caught up in the conflicts. Recent years have seen an alarming increase in ethnic strife in which... Read more