Remembering UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
5 June 2017
  • Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin began his tenure as UNFPA’s Executive Director in January 2011. During his leadership, the world saw a raft of new challenges, as well as many important milestones. © UNFPA/Ra’ed Addayleh

  • When Dr. Osotimehin was appointed, he underscored UNFPA’s commitment to women’s empowerment and human rights, especially sexual and reproductive health and rights. © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  • During his leadership, the global population eclipsed 7 billion. Dr. Osotimehin used the occasion to call for investments in young people. Their educations, health and rights are key to a sustainable future. © UNFPA/Eric de Castro

  • He also presided over UNFPA during the historic adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving these Goals is impossible without attaining gender equality and universal reproductive health, he said. © UN Photo/Kim Haughton

  • A medical doctor and longtime public health leader, Dr. Osotimehin championed efforts to lower maternal death rates. © UNFPA Colombia/Leonardo Cifuentes

  • Under his watch, UNFPA also redoubled its efforts to provide services in humanitarian crises, including health care, support for survivors of gender-based violence, and empowerment programmes for youth. © UNFPA/Nezih Tavlas

  • Most recently, Dr. Osotimehin called for the achievement of three transformative goals: zero preventable maternal deaths, zero unmet demand for family planning, and the elimination of harmful practices against women and girls. © UNFPA/Rick Francis

  • Dr. Osotimehin passed away in June 2017. He will be remembered for his expertise, leadership, and dedication to public health and human rights. © UNFPA/Ilona Lalova

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